Yemen President Says his Forces Can Strike Sanaa

Yemen President Says his Forces Can Strike Sanaa

Friday, 20 July, 2018 - 06:45
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. (Reuters)
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Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi condemned the latest remarks by Lebanese “Hezbollah” leader Hassan Nasrallah that his party has members in Yemen, saying that they have revealed Iran’s expansionist agenda in the region.

Hadi added that his forces could strike Sanaa with artillery, but moral responsibility is preventing them.

The capital is currently held by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The repercussions of the Houthi coup have been grave on Yemen and its women and children, who have been displaced by the militias. They have killed their fathers in their criminal war that has swept the majority of the nation through Iran’s military and financial backing, he told the BBC in an interview.

“We are working hard, as part of our responsibility towards our people, to end this suffering. We are working within our capabilities and resources to confront the daily challenges and to combat terrorism in all of its forms,” he continued.

“We will remain, as always, advocates of peace and dialogue… we have made major concessions in this regards, but we are unfortunately dealing with a group that wants to eliminate the other,” Hadi added.

This groups is loyal to Iran and its Wilayet al-Faqih. It is seeking to revive the Persian project and that was revealed by Nasrallah during his latest televised appearance when he acknowledged the presence of his party members in Yemen, he continued.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen demands that the international community exert more pressure on Iran to end its meddling in Yemeni affairs and respect national sovereignty and stop smuggling rockets to the militias that are being fired at Saudi Arabia, he stated.

Moreover, he accused the Houthis of planting mines and besieging the city of Taiz for three years.

“Today, we can target Sanaa with artillery, but we will not adopt the militias’ practices. We ultimately have moral and humanitarian responsibilities towards our people, whom the Houthis are exploiting to achieve its Iranian project,” Hadi stressed.

On Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and the delivery of humanitarian aid, the president said that the Houthis have seized this relief and sold it for their war effort.

In addition, Hadi hailed the member states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition and their victories in Yemen in defense of its Arab identity.

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