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Yemen’s Houthi leader warns Saudi planning to escalate war on Yemen

This screen grab shows leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul Malik Badreddin al-Houthi delivering a televised speech in Sana'a on November 25, 2017.

Leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has warned that Saudi Arabia and allies are seeking to escalate their deadly campaign against Yemen to compensate for the losses they have suffered in other regional conflicts.

Houthi said in a televised speech on Saturday that Saudi Arabia was planning to expand the scope of its military aggression against Yemen.

For nearly three years, Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen’s infrastructure on the grounds that it wants to reinstate a president who has resigned and drive out the Houthis from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. More than 12,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed and millions more have been displaced as a result of the campaign.

Abdul Malik urged the Yemeni people to be prepared for an all-out aggression by Saudi Arabia and allies, saying the kingdom is seeking a way out of the crisis of legitimacy it has been facing following defeats in wars in Iraq and Syria.

Saudi Arabia was a major supporter of militant groups that have been operating against the governments of Iraq and Syria for the past several years. Those groups are now considered eradicated with Syria’s recent declaration of full final victory against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the east of the country.

Saudi- Israeli normalization affront to the Prophet

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Ansarullah leader hinted at recent Saudi efforts to normalize ties with the Israeli regime, saying Riyadh had become part of a club of regional and Western powers that seek to undermine Islam and destabilize the Muslim world.

Abdul Malik, who was speaking on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), said Saudi Arabia’s negligence to allow a Zionist figure to enter the shrine of the Prophet was an affront to the Prophet and to Islam in general.

The Houthi leader was making a reference to an Israeli blogger who released images of his presence in the shrine in the city of Medina earlier in the week. The incident sparked huge outrage across the Muslim world and many called it an instance of Saudi double standards, as the blogger, who has a history of journalism for the Times of Israel, had been invited by the Saudi authorities to attend a conference in the country.

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