The leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement has reiterated that the Yemeni nation will never surrender in the face of the devastating war and siege against the country.
Speaking in a televised speech broadcast from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Thursday, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the Yemeni armed forces have managed to strike targets deep inside Saudi Arabia and the territory of its regional allies.
He said Yemeni fighters have gained great military capabilities and deterrent power against enemies.
Houthi highlighted that Yemeni forces have developed homegrown technology to manufacture various types of missiles with different ranges, stressing that Yemeni military experts can also produce a wide array of combat drones.
He described the September 21 Revolution against a Saudi-backed regime in the country and its removal from power as “a God-given gift.”
Houthi said the Yemeni nation managed to throw off the shackles of foreign guardianship by means of the popular uprising.
Houthi also said the United States has adopted hostile policies against Yemen in the hope of plunging the country into disintegration, and has drawn on the existing rifts among Yemeni factions for that purpose.
The Ansarullah chief underscored that the Yemeni nation is interested in civil calm and peaceful coexistence, but colonial powers continue to conspire against the people. He said Americans and Britons opted to wage a treacherous war against Yemen following the abject failure of their plans to contain the Revolution. They incited the Israeli regime and dragged regional countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), into the onslaught as a result, Houthi said.
He said war-mongering regimes and aggressors have killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, committed terrible mass murders and horrendous crimes in the country and targeted all critical infrastructure, exposing their true nature and viciousness.
The Ansarullah leader also denounced the “suffocating siege” imposed by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen, which has compounded the misery of war-weary people in the Arab country, stating that the blockade has denied access to foodstuff and medicine and imposed exorbitant costs on Yemenis.
Houthi added that the Riyadh-led alliance, through aggression and siege, occupied large swathes of the Yemeni territory, tearing apart the fabric of the Yemeni society, and inciting Takfiri militants and mercenaries against ordinary Yemenis.
He also said the enemy is engaged in a misleading, economic and corrupting war to divert attention from its sinister actions, and avert humanitarian and national priorities away from dealing with the conspiracies against the Yemeni nation.
Saudi Arabia launched the war of aggression against Yemen in March 2015, enlisting the assistance of some of its regional allies, including the UAE, as well as massive shipments of advanced weaponry from the US and Western Europe.
The Western governments further extended their political and logistical support to Riyadh in their failed bid to restore power in Yemen to the former Saudi-installed government.
The former Yemeni government’s president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, resigned in late 2014 and later fled to Riyadh amid a political conflict with Ansarullah. The movement has been running Yemen’s affairs in the absence of a functioning administration.
The war further led to the killing of tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire nation into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.