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Yemen: the Houthis continue with the drone war


Iran’s support for the Houthis was confirmed by the meeting in Tehran between representatives of the militias and the Supreme Leader Khamenei

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted and downed on Thursday morning two drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia, reported Asharq Al-Awsat.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the drones were fired from Yemen’s Amran region towards Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait. He stressed that all Houthi attempts to attack the Kingdom are doomed to fail, saying the coalition has taken all necessary measures, in line with the best rules of engagement, to deal with these threats and protect civilians.

The repeated attempted attacks reflect the state of despair among the Houthis and underscore their losses on the ground as they wage a losing battle in Yemen, he charged.

Maliki vowed that the coalition will continue to deter the Houthi actions to neutralize and destroy their abilities in line with international humanitarian law.

Iran’s support for the latter was confirmed by the meeting in Tehran btw representatives of the militias and the Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Yemeni internationally recognised government condemned a move by the Houthi rebels to appoint the head of their own TV station as an “ambassador” to Iran.

President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi’s government described the move on Saturday as “a flagrant violation of international laws and customs”.

The Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said on Saturday night that Ibrahim Al Dailami (director-general of Al Masirah TV) had been appointed “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

While the group is not recognised internationally as the government of Yemen, having seized the capital of Sanaa in a 2015 coup, it claims to be the administration and to make appointments accordingly.

The state-run Iranian Republic News Agency also reported the news, quoting Houthi leader Abdulmalek Al Houthi as having “praised Iran’s clear and frank support for Yemen”.

President Hadi severed ties with Iran in 2015 over the Islamic Republic’s support for the armed northern Yemeni political-military group.

“The exchange of diplomatic relations between Tehran regime and the Houthi militias breaches the international laws and norms and contravenes United Nations Security Council resolutions related to the Yemen crisis,” the government said in a statement on Twitter.

The announcement was made after Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held talks in Tehran on Tuesday with a Houthi delegation headed by rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam.



Source: Thenational.ae & Asharq Al-Awsat

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