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US sees interests in protracted war on Yemen: Ansarullah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammed Abdulsalam (© AFP)

The spokesman for Houthi Ansarullah movement says the US has no problem with a prolonged Saudi war on Yemen. 

Mohammed Abdulsalam said Saudi Arabia’s daily bombings along with its naval blockade have exacerbated the crisis and complicated negotiations between the warring parties.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Lebanon-based al-Akhbar daily, he also criticized Washington for the failure of the recent UN-brokered peace talks in Switzerland.

"The United States thinks a protracted crisis in Yemen would benefit its interests in Syria, and the Middle East at large," Abdulsalam said.

"Even, the UN has realized that efforts to end the crisis in Yemen are futile because the aggression against the country continues unabated," he said. 

Abdulsalam said warring sides in Yemen need to reach an agreement on a number of sticking points, including a new Constitution and the new government make-up.

Last month, Abdulsalam accused Saudi Arabia of sponsoring and supporting terrorist groups which are wreaking havoc in Yemen's south.

Yemenis walk past the site of a Saudi airstrike that targeted a building in the capital, Sana’a, on January 25, 2016. (© AFP)

The official said Saudi aerial attacks were also helping al-Qaeda- and Daesh-affiliated terrorists expand their footholds in northern Yemeni provinces.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year in a bid to undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi back to power.

At least 8,278 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured since March. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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