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Army spokesman: Saudi-led airstrikes on ordinary people in Yemen won’t go unanswered

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)
Rescuers remove debris at the site of Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The spokesman for Yemen’s Armed Forces has categorically dismissed allegations that Yemeni troops and allied fighters from Popular Committees are using civilian buildings and installations for military purposes, stressing that such claims are being made in order to provide justification for Saudi-led acts of aggression.

“The allegations of the Saudi-Emirati-American aggression coalition that the armed forces use the civilian places for military purposes are false allegation and just fake justification for targeting civilian facilities and civilians,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Monday.

He added, “We affirm that targeting civilian facilities and ministries will not achieve the enemy's goals in breaking the will of the people as well as will not go without retaliation and punishment.”

Ansarullah: Countries waging Yemen war won’t reap any benefits

Separately, the spokesman for the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said Saudi Arabia and its regional allies will not derive any benefits from their devastating military campaign against Yemen.

“Member states of the coalition of aggression are still misguided, and continue to suffer defeats as they have experienced over the past [seven] years. All this is taking place amid a suffocating blockade [on Yemen],” Abdulsalam tweeted.

He noted, “They erroneously believe that they can attain notable achievements. God willing, they won’t accomplish anything. On the eve of the eighth year of Yemen invasion, these countries must realize they have no option, but to embrace peace.”

Early on Monday, Saudi warplanes destroyed the building that housed the Yemen International Telecommunications Co (TeleYemen) in the capital Sana’a, less than three weeks after the internet and international telecommunications were cut off across the war-wracked Arab country due to similar air raids.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the Saudi fighter jets launched two airstrikes against the building that lies in al-Thawra district, completely destroying it and inflicting heavy damage on the nearby building.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the United States and European powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the United Arab Emirates, bogged down in the country.

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