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Top Yemeni official warns Saudi-led coalition against any ‘uncalculated stupidity’ in Hudaydah

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)
A ship is docked at the Red Sea port of Hudaydah, Yemen, on March 23, 2017. (File photo by Reuters)

A top Yemeni army official has warned that any attack by Saudi Arabia against the ports of Hudaydah would have serious consequences in the region as it would push Sana’a to adopt a new military strategy that would target the aggressors and their supporters.

The Saudi-led coalition has claimed that Yemeni forces are using the ports of Hudaydah and Salif as military bases, alleging that the ports are military targets.

The Yemeni government has categorically denied the claims, saying a United Nations mission has been carrying out daily and weekly visits to the ports since the 2018 Stockholm agreement between the warring parties.

Abed Mohammed al-Thor, deputy head of the Moral Guidance Department in the Yemeni Army, said any military action on the two ports “would aggravate the Yemeni crisis and multiply the suffering of Yemenis, as Hudaydah port is the sole vital artery for the besieged Yemeni people.”

“Thus, any military action against Hudaydah port means an uncalculated stupidity from the Saudi regime and would have dire consequences firstly for this regime and secondly for the Emirati regime.”

He stressed that any targeting of the port of Hudaydah “would make Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates regret” their action, warning that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the whole region, including the Israeli entity, would be “under the penalty of the Yemeni defense program” if the coalition launched an attack on the port.

Al-Thor further said, “Any US or Israeli attempt to support the Saudi-Emirati position in Yemen won’t serve the Saudi regime and its allies, but rather will increase pressure on them.”

He added that any American or Israeli support for any attack on Hudaydah and Salif ports would endanger the American interests in the Red Sea.

In the latest attack on civilian facilities in Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition on Monday hit telecommunications networks in Sa’ada, cutting the service in several areas across the province.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, Saudi airstrikes targeted telecommunications networks in the districts of Razih, Haydan, and Sahar.

Over the past two days, the Saudi airstrikes destroyed several telecommunications networks in the provinces of Sa’ada, al-Jawf, and Amran.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, including the UAE, launched the brutal war against Yemen in March 2015.

The war was launched to eliminate Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The war, accompanied by a tight siege, has failed to reach its goals, killing hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people.

The UN says more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger. The world body also refers to the situation in Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

Yemeni forces have in recent months gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in Yemen.

Amid increasing rocket and drone strikes by Yemeni forces in retaliation for the Riyadh-led bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia pleaded with Persian Gulf countries to help the kingdom get interceptor missiles for its US-made Patriot systems, as it may run out of interceptor missiles in "months".

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