US directing Saudi attacks on Yemen: Houthi leader

Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:5PM


The leader of Yemen's Houthi movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi,
addresses the people in a televised address on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

The leader of Yemen's Houthi movement has condemned Saudi Arabia's
military aggression against Yemen, saying that the US is "sponsoring
and directing" the attacks on the impoverished country.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on
Sunday in reaction to Saudi Arabia's deadly attacks targeting Yemeni
people across the country.

"The US is sponsoring the attacks. The US is directing the attacks
against Yemen," the Houthi leader said.

The US has authorized its "criminal hands" to kill people in Yemen, he added.

Al-Houthi described Saudi Arabia's move to target the Yemeni people as
"silly and unacceptable," emphasizing that the aggressors, Saudi
Arabia, the US and Israel, are killing innocent Yemeni people and are
targeting Yemen's infrastructure by destroying mosques, schools,
markets, and other places.

The claims that the attacks are for the sake of the Yemeni people is
silly and illogical, the Houthi leader said, adding that the attacks
are a "justification" for killing innocent people.

The reason behind the aggression is that the US and the Israeli regime
want such attacks, he added.

It has been revealed that the Americans choose the targets for the
Saudi regime to destroy, he said, noting, "Israel supports the
aggression and is happy with the aggression."

Photos shows Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, holding up their weapons
during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the UN
Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sana'a, Yemen, Thursday, April
16, 2015. (c)AP

Saudi Arabia's air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 -
without a United Nations mandate - in a bid to restore power to the
country's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch
ally of Riyadh.

According to reports, some 2,600 people, including women and children,
have so far lost their lives in the attacks.

Israel and America are the main beneficiaries of the Saudi aggression
against Yemen, he added.

The claim that the Saudi aggression aims to protect the Two Holy
Mosques in Saudi Arabia is an insult to Islam, the Houthi leader
added, emphasizing that Israel itself is the only threat to holy
shrines.

Yemeni expatriates chant slogans, while holding Yemeni and Iraqi flags
and a portrait of Yemeni Houthi leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, during
a protest against Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, in front of the Saudi
Embassy, in Tehran, April 13, 2015. (c)AP

The aggressors claim that they plan to "restore Yemen to its Arab
identity," he said, asking "what kind of Arab identity is this?"

The Saudi aggression targets all resources in Yemen, which is a
criminal act and lacks legitimacy, he stressed, saying that the aim of
the attacks is to "return Yemen to the Israeli and US identity."

All who support the aggression in any possible way are participating
in the bloodshed by Saudi Arabia, he stressed.

Israel views the attacks as a protection for itself and those who
support the aggression are actually committing a crime and are
supporting Israel, al-Houthi added.

"The goal of Saudi Arabia is to enable al-Qaeda to seize control of
Yemen," the Houthi leader explained, adding that the second goal of
the aggression is to humiliate the Yemeni people.

Describing the aggressors as "greedy," al-Houthi added that all the
evil and all problems in the region originate from the Saudi regime.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a council supporting
hegemony and defending superpowers, he said.

Last Tuesday, the UNSC passed a resolution, imposing an arms embargo
against the Houthi revolutionaries. It also imposed asset freezes and
travel bans against al-Houthi.

"We do not need permission from the UNSC" to defend our country,
al-Houthi said, stressing, "The Yemeni people have the right and
legitimacy to defend" their land.

"Our great people will not surrender, they will stand," the Houthi leader said.

It is the right of the Yemeni people to counter the aggression in all
possible ways, al-Houthi added, calling on the Yemeni parties to put
aside difference and become united through cooperation.

Those who cooperate with the aggressors are the losers and are
actually betraying themselves, the Houthi leader added.

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