Resisting US, Saudi aggression
The Ansarullah movement accuses the US and Saudi Arabia of committing the most horrible crimes since Riyadh began its war on Yemen. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi was addressing Yemeni people amid nationwide rallies held to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad. He said Yemenis will continue their resistance against Saudi-led aggressors until the full liberation of their land from occupiers. Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States, launched a devastating war against Yemen in 2015 to reinstall the country’s former Riyadh-friendly regime. The onslaught has led to the death of tens of thousands of Yemeni people, most of them women and children.
Iran says it is pursuing the policy of expanding ties with countries in the Latin American region. President Ebrahim Raeisi says Tehran is seeking to expand ties with nations that stand against hegemonic states. Raeisi said the development of ties with Latin American countries is among Iran’s diplomatic and economic priorities. The Iranian president said Tehran and Caracas need to have long-term plans to improve their bilateral ties. Raeisi made the comments in a meeting with the visiting Venzuelan Foreign Minister. Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign Minister has said Tehran and Caracas are set to sign a 20-year cooperation agreement soon.
Russia COVID-19 crisis
The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has topped eight million, amid a sluggish vaccination drive in the country. Russian health officials reported more than 34,000 infections in the last 24 hours. The figure is the highest single-day case tally since the start of the pandemic. Russia also reported nearly one-thousand daily deaths, pushing the total tally to over 224,300 fatalities. Russia has been fighting a new wave of infections in recent weeks, which has forced the health ministry to ask retired, vaccinated medics to return to hospitals. The officials blame the surge on people’s reluctance to get vaccinated. So far, just nearly 33 percent of the Russians have received jabs.