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Yemen: Houthis hit back

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE HOUTHIS hit back at the Saudi and Emirati invaders and their local puppets in Yemen last week, targeting military and industrial complexes across Arabia. The Saudis responded with deadly air-raids on civilian targets in the Yemeni city of Saada and the key port of Hodeida that left scores dead and hundreds more wounded.

The feudal Arab princes are considering cutting their financial aid to the Gaza Strip after tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of the beleaguered city of Gaza chanting “Death to the House of Saud” at a weekend rally in support of the Houthi resistance that leads the national salvation government that controls northern Yemen.

Eight aid agencies operating in Yemen said in a joint statement that they were “horrified” at the killing in Saada, which included women and children and Yemen’s Houthi Health Minister Taha al-Motawakel has appealed to the international community for medical aid. He said the Saudi coalition had deliberately targeted civilians. “We consider this a war crime against humanity. The world should take responsibility at this critical moment in human history,” he said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also condemned the air raids by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada city and he urged all parties to protect civilians from danger.

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Yemeni missiles rained down on the United Arab Emirates (UAE), hitting oil installations and an extension of the main airport in the capital, Abu Dhabi. This was followed by further rocket and drone attacks on a military base in the Emirati capital where US troops are deployed as well as other targets in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi vengeance was swift. Scores of people were killed in an air raid on a temporary migrant detention centre in the northern city of Saada and dozens of others wounded whilst Yemen suffered a nation-wide internet blackout following an overnight air attack on a telecom hub in Hodeida.

Houthi officials and Red Cross medicos say at least 100 people were killed and around 200 others were wounded in the attack on the Saada prison, and they expect the death toll to rise because many of the wounded were seriously injured.

In 2015 the Saudis intervened to prop up a corrupt regime that had been overthrown by the ‘Supporters of God’, a religious and social movement commonly called the Houthis after its founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, a former Yemeni MP who launched a revolt and was killed in a gun-battle in 2004.

Saudi Arabia and some other feudal Arab states, with the support of the Americans and the rest of the imperialist pack, sent troops, arms and cash to prop up what they call the “internationally recognised” Yemeni government that is based in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. But the Houthis, who retained the support of 80 per cent of the old Yemeni army, hold the north of the country, whilst the Saudis and their tribal allies control most of the sparsely populated south.

The Houthis can also count on Iranian support. And last week the Islamic Republic said that the continuation of military attacks on Yemen coupled with the silence of the international community, the uncontrolled sale of weapons to the aggressors, and the biased approach and double standards toward seven years of brutal aggression against the Yemeni people has made it even more difficult to achieve a fair peace.

The countries that have provided arms for the aggressors in Yemen and killed Yemeni women and children by equipping them with bombs and weapons of mass destruction are complicit in these crimes and should respond to the public opinion the Iranians said.

The continuation of blockade and bombing against Yemeni people shows a lack of serious determination to advance the political settlement for the Yemen crisis and is persisting in a destructive military approach, which will result in damaging Yemen and instability in the region.