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Yemeni Army Says Iran Stirs Up Hate in Orders Given to Houthi Militias

Yemeni Army Says Iran Stirs Up Hate in Orders Given to Houthi Militias

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - 10:15
A ship is docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
Jeddah- Saeed al-Abyad
The Yemeni army issued on Tuesday a statement reaffirming senior Houthi leaders fleeing the city of Hodeidah in light of an army push for the city gates. Coupist ranks were noted to having started collapsing.

In another note, the statement cited accounts of Iranian orders directing Houthi militants to propagate anti-Yemeni messages and stoke sectarian divisions.

Iranian directives to Houthi militiamen represent blatant and provocative incitement against the Yemeni people, which mimic Iranian military statements made to threaten Yemen's security and integrity as well as promises to destabilize the war-torn country and the Arab region further, Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdu Majali told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Brig. Gen. Majali said that the Yemeni army is constantly monitoring Iran meddling and instructions given to insurgents.

He pointed out that the army draws its information from several sources and in coordination with the Arab Coalition member states.

He explained that intelligence gathered information on Houthi militias recently moving leaders and sites and altered their arms smuggling routes in fear and hopes to bounce back from strikes and advances made by the national army.

Brig. Gen. Majali confirmed that the national army has no other choice but to defeat the militias through military operations after coupists proving unresponsive towards the UN initiative and peacemaking efforts.

Last week, Houthis refused to join internationally-sponsored consultations in Geneva.

Brig. Gen. Majali said that the army is not waiting for any new orders and is operating according to an agenda based on military and presidential orders given to liberate all Yemeni cities from Iranian-supported Houthi militias.

On another note, he reviewed recent victories recorded on strategic fronts, especially against Houthi strongholds in Saada province.

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