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Yemen war to continue with US arms sales to Saudi: Activist

Yemenis gather on September 22, 2016 amidst the rubble of buildings destroyed during Saudi airstrikes in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah the previous day. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen will not stop as long as the United States keeps selling weapons to the kingdom, an activist and political commentator tells Press TV.

“We will not see any change unless Ansarullah, the Houthi and the Yemeni army … continue targeting Saudi military bases … [and] strategic areas in Saudi Arabia and this is the only thing that will stop the war in Yemen,” said Hussain al-Bukhaiti.

He said Riyadh has not been able to stop the Houthi Ansarullah fighters from firing missiles into Saudi territories.

On Monday, the Yemeni forces targeted a military camp in Saudi Arabia’s extreme southwest in a missile attack.

The missile successfully struck the al-Montazah military base in the Zahran district of Saudi Arabia’s Asir region, which borders Yemen, on Monday.  

“At the beginning of the war, the Saudis said that they had destroyed 80 to 90 percent of Yemen’s missile capability but now [the] Ansarullah, the Houthis and the Yemeni army have proven that they have more and they have made their own rocket and this latest missile is a Yemeni-made missile that targeted one of the largest Saudi army bases and I think the response of the Saudis on Sana’a today shows you that this missile did target directly the base,” the activist said.

Bukhaiti further criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest initiative to resolve the crisis in Yemen which demanded that the Houthi Ansarullah movement lay down arms and hand over their weapons to a third party.

He said Kerry only insisted on stopping missile attacks on Saudi borders, adding that he did not mention anything of the blockade in the country and the “suffering” of the Yemeni people.

The United Nations is controlled by the United States and Britain and therefore it is biased and all its condemnations have been against Yemenis’ operations inside Saudi Arabia, he added.  

The Yemeni forces have been staging recurrent retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a war on the country since March 2015.

The war, which has killed more than 10,000 in Yemen, was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to forcefully return to power.

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