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Washington accomplice in Saudi-led military aggression: Al-Houthi

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)
A child suffering from malnutrition receives treatment at a treatment center in al-Sabeen Maternal Hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on October 5, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement says the United States is hindering peace efforts in Yemen, describing Washington as an accomplice in the Saudi-led military aggression against the country.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, made the remarks in an interview with the Turkish daily Gazeteduvar on Saturday.

He said that aggression against Yemen will not end until the US, Israel, Britain, and France end their support for the aggressors.

Al-Houthi added that Yemeni forces are fighting in line with right to self-defense, while stressing that the Houthi supreme political council welcomed any dialogue aimed at achieving peace.

He described as a “war crime” the Saudi-led blockade of his country that “has created the worst humanitarian crisis ever.”

He pointed to the Houthis’ offer of truce as a peaceful way out of the crisis, while warning that if the Saudis rejected the plan, they would suffer fatal losses.

Last month, the Houthi movement offered to halt its retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its bombing campaign against Yemen.

The offer and the kingdom's belated welcome follow a recent major ground operation by Yemenis and a brazen drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s heart of oil industry.

Yemeni men chant slogans as they hold up Kalashikov assault rifles during a tribal meeting in the  capital Sana'a on September 21, 2019. (By AFP)

Saudis can't 'change game'

Meanwhile, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, advised the Saudis not to “think they can change the game.”

Ansarullah “will never accept a partial halt to the Saudi attacks on Yemen in return for a total halt on our part,” he said.

He also blasted the United Arab Emirates’ move to deploy 100 military vehicles in Ta'izz as “wrong,” calling militarization of al-Mukha port in Yemen as violation of international laws.

"We will not remain silent in the face of the militaristic movements of the UAE, which are not in their favor. The Emirates must leave Yemen completely," he added.

Bomb blast kills Saudi mercenaries in Jawf

In a separate development, an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries were killed or wounded after a bomb exploded in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, Yemen’s al-Masirah news website cited a military source as saying on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

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