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Saudi-led coalition, al-Qaeda work as partners in Yemen: National Salvation Govt.

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)
Abdul-Qadir al-Morteza, head of the Committee for Prisoners' Affairs of the Yemeni National Salvation Government

Yemen's National Salvation Government says the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging a war on the impoverished country and the al-Qaeda Takfiri terrorist groups work as "partners" in the crimes that are committed against the Yemeni people.

The head of the Committee for Prisoners' Affairs of the National Salvation Government made the remarks on Sunday, citing Saudi-led militants' recent execution of as many as 10 prisoners belonging to Yemen's army and Popular Committees in the western Yemeni port city of al-Hudaydah.

The militants executed the victims on Saturday and dismembered their bodies, Abdul-Qadir al-Morteza said, according to Yemen's al-Masirah television network. Five of the prisoners belonged to the al-Hudaydah Province, while the rest were respectively from the Hajjah and al-Mahvit Provinces that neighbor al-Hudaydah to the north.

"The crime came just one day after the ringleader of al-Qaeda in Yemen asserted that the terrorists were partners in the Saudi coalition's invasion on several fronts in Yemen," he said. "This crime [therefore] serves to verify his remarks," noted the official.

Morteza said Sana'a had submitted a protest note and a report concerning the atrocity to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

This is far from the first time when the Saudi-led coalition has been denounced for cooperating with Takfiri terrorists in Yemen to further its goals.

The kingdom and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in order to restore power in Yemen to Riyadh's favorite officials.

The military campaign has stopped short of the goal, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The Yemeni defense forces have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms until liberation of the entire country.

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