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Ansarullah official: Saudis must expect crushing reaction if they stay in Yemen

In this file photo, smoke is seen billowing from the site of a Yemeni attack on an Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia, September 15, 2019.

A senior member of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has warned Saudi Arabia that it will face a crushing response from Yemeni forces if its chooses to keep occupying forces on the Yemeni soil.

In a an interview on Thursday, Hizam al-Assad, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, called on the invading coalition and its supporters to end their bloody aggression against the Yemeni people and lift a years-long blockade against them. 

"Our reaction will be shocking and seismic against the Saudi regime if the occupier does not leave the entire Yemeni soil and commit not to meddle in our internal affairs," the official was quoted as saying.

"If the enemy retreats, our leaders and the Yemeni army and popular committees will react positively to such development, and if not, the Riyadh regime will have to wait for a painful response," he added.

Referring to the nation's ability to destroy its enemies, al-Assad said Yemeni forces until now have adopted a defensive approach and strategy, but they are fully prepared to launch a powerful offensive to deliver a harsh blow to Saudis and their allies. 

He also expressed his willingness to participate in any regional or international talks, but stressed that the invading collation would have to settle all issues related to the war.

"Peace talks are underway through Oman and there are still opportunities for peace in Yemen and the entire region."

In March, a prominent member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council dismissed Saudi Arabia’s so-called peace initiative, saying the Yemeni nation is awaiting a meaningful end to the Saudi-led aggression and blockade instead of a mere “ceasefire” plan.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman for Ansarullah, has said the initiative provided “nothing new,” as it still fell short of the movement's demand for a complete lifting of the blockade on Sana’a airport and Hudaydah port.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) recently said Saudi Arabia was desperate to find a face-saving way out of its disastrous bombing campaign in war-ravaged Yemen after failing miserably.

In a new article, the interim head of the Brussels-based think tank, Richard Atwood, said Riyadh’s foreign interventions have failed to produce desirable results for the kingdom.

The Saudi war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the Arab country.

More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war at a time when Yemenis are in desperate need of medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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