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Houthis Claim Capture of Saudi Troops

Sunday 29 September 2019

NEW DELHI, NEW YORK (WION, United Nations press service) — Yemen’s Houthi group said on Saturday it had carried out an attack near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran and captured several army officers but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities.

Meanwhile in New York, the Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Hadrami lashed out at Iran, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, calling it “a rogue country” which “has sown havoc, has wrought havoc” for the Arab Peninsula. He accused Iran by saying:

Iran and its military branches in Arab region, including Houthis and Hezbollah, represent a grave threat to our security, international security. Iran is a rogue state which fails to respect international law. A rogue state that fails to honour its obligations as a member of the United Nations.

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Iran has sown havoc, has wrought havoc, both for the Arab Peninsula, has created, has trained armed and financed Houthi militias who have been brandishing the slogans of the Iranian revolution and they have embraced an approach based on abuse, repression and torture.

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Recently they claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks that targeted the Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia by Abqaiq and Khurais. This unmasks the subordination of the militia before the rogue Iranian state. This is not merely an attack targeting Saudi Arabia. It is an attack against the international community.

Al-Hadrami also criticised Houthi militias for being in his view “intransigent”. The diplomat added that the Houthi authorities have refused to implement the agreement from Hodeidah, and that no progress has been made in its implementation over the past 10 months:

The Houthis need to know that we cannot have empty rhetoric, that only tangible measures can lead to peace. That it’s necessary or responsible to compel the Houthis to implement the provisions of the agreement including withdrawal from Hodeidah city and port, implementation of the agreement to release prisoners and to unlift the unjust blockade against the city of Taiz.


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