A senior Yemeni official vows that the country will keep up its counteroffensives until its complete liberation from the scourge of a United States-backed and Saudi-led invasion and siege.
Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Yemeni popular resistance Houthi Ansarullah movement's Political Bureau, made the remarks on Sunday in an exclusive interview with Iran's al-Alam Arabic-language television network.
Saudi Arabia and several of its allies have been attacking Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, since March 2015 in an unsuccessful bid to change its ruling structure in favor of its former Riyadh-aligned regime.
The war, and an ensuing siege that the aggressors have been employing, has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire Yemen into the scene of the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The Yemeni forces that feature the Yemeni army and its allied fighters from the Popular Committees have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms until the expulsion of all foreign forces.
"Yemen's operations against the countries of the [invading] coalition will continue at the domestic and overseas levels until the coalition stops its attacks and ends the blockade," al-Bukhaiti said.
Invaders' systematic denial
The invading countries are trying to deflect the international public opinion from their atrocities through a number of methods, he noted.
"They first deny any responsibility for their crimes, but later admit their involvement only to say they are going to investigate the atrocities," said the official.
Al-Bukhaiti, meanwhile, rebuffed the invaders' claims that they are attacking the impoverished country to retaliate for the Yemeni forces' operations.
He said the aggressors took Yemen under heavy bombardment throughout the first three years of the war, during which the country did not have the deterrent power that it is using now to return the Saudi-led offensives.
"The invaders used to commit such crimes from the very first day of the invasion for three [consecutive] years," long before Yemen became able to retaliate the aggression with ballistic missiles and drones, the Ansarullah official said.
He also hailed that the counterattacks had managed to force the invaders to reduce the number of their military assaults.
'US, Zionists support aggressors'
"Those who support the invading countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE [in their crimes against the Yemeni people], are the United States and the Israeli regime, which are bereft of all human values," al-Bukhaiti said.
The atrocities are being perpetrated to force Yemen to surrender and devolve into a vassal state, he added.
"But we tell them that these atrocities will have the opposite result" because they would prompt more Yemeni soldiers to join the battlefront against the aggressors, the official concluded.