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Yemeni minister ties US, Saudi, UAE to Daesh beheading of two soldiers

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)
This file picture shows members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist group at an undisclosed location in Yemen’s southern province of Hadhramaut. (Photo via Twitter)

The acting minister of human rights in Yemen's National Salvation Government has condemned the execution of two Yemeni prisoners in the central province of al-Bayda at the hands of Takfiri terrorist groups, stating that the extremists are part of the United States' regional scenario.

“Takfiri groups are part of the US government’s scenario and policy, and their act is in line with crimes perpetrated earlier in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ali al-Dilami told Yemen's al-Masirah television network on Saturday night.

“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) must act immediately after the recent beheading of two Yemeni prisoners in Bayda. The crime is not the first of its kind in the region,” he added.

Members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Daesh terrorist groups recently decapitated two fighters from the Yemeni army and allied Popular Committees.

The victims were identified as Saqr Ghanem Rashid Hussein al-Maliki and Muhammad Ahmad Murshid Tawaf. Their bodies were recovered on Saturday.

“Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are responsible for the execution of Yemeni prisoners in Bayda province,” Dilami said.

The Yemeni minister of human rights also called on the United Nations and international organizations to take immediate action on prisoner exchanges because the lives of the detainees are at serious risk.

Separately, Yemen’s National Special Committee on Prisoners of War Affairs announced in a statement that the beheading of two imprisoned fighters by Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorists shows the level of support that the Saudi-led coalition lends these extremist groups.

The committee emphasized that Saudi Arabia and its regional allies are fully responsible for the crime, which is in flagrant violation of religions, international and humanitarian principles and values.

“The brutality and viciousness of this crime both pierced the hearts of freedom-loving Yemenis, and exposed the connection between al-Qaeda and Daesh elements and the Saudi-led coalition,” the statement read.

The committee further noted that the recent criminal act in Yemen’s al-Bayda province is a litmus test for the sincerity of the international community, which claims to be fighting al-Qaeda and Daesh elements.

It also called on the United Nations as well as local and international organizations to condemn the crime, and prosecute the perpetrators.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance 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 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.

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