A Yemeni expert says the United Kingdom’s recent decision to move troops to Yemen under a false pretext actually seeks to return the British occupation to the impoverished country.
Yousef al-Hadheri made the remarks to Press TV in an interview on Wednesday, addressing the British troops’ deployment to the southern Yemeni province of al-Mahrah.
London has sent over the forces under the pretext of trying to find the alleged perpetrators behind a reported attack on an Israeli tanker off the Omani coast on July 29, which the West alleges originated from Yemen.
The expert did not put it past the incident to be the result of “intentional action” or “technical” complications.
“It is no secret to anyone that the UK is concocting this excuse to enable its return to Yemen,” he added.
Al-Hedheri reminded how the UK used the same “ruse” to occupy southern Yemen in 1828.
“They blew up a ship in the coast of Aden and then sent over their troops to supposedly secure the trade shipping lines,” he said.
He also attributed reappearance of the British boots on the Yemeni soil to the United States’ failure in Yemen.
The US is the main supporter of a 2015-present Saudi-led war on Yemen. The war seeks to return power to Washington and Riyadh’s former allies in the Arabian Peninsula country.
It has, however, both stopped short of the goal, and failed to bring Yemen’s defenders to their knees, despite the US and others’ full-scale support of the Saudi-led attackers. Hadheri said after taking on Yemen, Washington was faced “with such resistance that it dd not expect at the beginning.”
‘Iran in focus’
The expert said London had chosen al-Mahrah to renew its military presence in Yemen because the province was not under the control of the Yemeni popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and its allies, and was instead hosting Yemen’s former officials.
Another goal sought by the UK by turning up in the province was to create a “supportive circle” that benefits the Israeli regime in the region and also to “try to apply pressure on Iran.”
The Islamic Republic has voiced outright support throughout the war for Yemen’s defense forces. It has also roundly condemned the Saudi kingdom and its Western allies for their indiscriminate aggression targeting the Arab world’s already poorest nation.