Yemen President Urges Citizens to Fight Against Houthis and 'End This Nightmare'

Published December 5th, 2017 - 08:10 GMT
“Yemen is passing through a decisive turning point that needs our unity and steadfastness in the face of these sectarian militias" (AFP/File)
“Yemen is passing through a decisive turning point that needs our unity and steadfastness in the face of these sectarian militias" (AFP/File)

 

  • Yemen President Hadi rallied citizens to fight against Houthis
  • “Yemen is passing through a decisive turning point that needs our unity and steadfastness"
  • This came after the assassination of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh
  • Meanwhile, fighting and air strikes have intensified in the country's capital

 

Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday rallied his countrymen in areas controlled by Houthis to rise up against the Iran-backed militia, who had just murdered their erstwhile ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In a televised address, Hadi said the Yemeni Army, which has surrounded Sanaa, was ready to support all efforts that aimed to eradicate the Houthis. The legitimate Yemeni government had extended its hand to all sincere Yemeni citizens to start a new page in the country’s future and to establish a new Yemen, based on pluralism, democracy and freedom, he said.

“Yemen is passing through a decisive turning point that needs our unity and steadfastness in the face of these sectarian militias,” Hadi said. “Let’s put our hands together to end this nightmare.”

Saleh was assassinated on Monday by Houthi militias, two days after he broke ranks over disagreements with his allies.

The militias overran Saleh’s home in the capital, Sanaa, and the former leader fled south toward his home village of Sanhan. Houthi gunmen halted his four-vehicle convoy 40 km from the city and opened fire. Saleh, 75, was killed along with Arif Al-Zouka, secretary-general of the former president’s General People’s Congress party, and Al-Zouka’s deputy Yasir Al-Awadi.

A video posted on social media showed Saleh’s motionless body with a gaping head wound and blood staining his shirt under a dark suit. The footage showed Houthis carrying the body in a blanket and dumping it in a pickup truck.

 

 

The former president was replaced in 2012 by his deputy, Hadi, against whom he joined forces with the Houthis to stage a coup. Saudi Arabia formed a military coalition in 2015 to restore Hadi’s internationally recognized government. On Saturday, Saleh offered talks with the Saudi-led coalition.

Rajeh Badi, a spokesman for the Hadi government, said it was a sad day in the history of Yemen.

He said the assassination was “yet another crime added to the bloody record of the Iran-backed Houthi militias. The gravity of the inhumane murder of Saleh should move all Yemenis to stand behind the legitimate government against the coup militias who have brought only chaos and destruction to Yemen, to the Yemeni people, and whose aim is to implement a sectarian Iranian agenda in the region.

“The act is further proof that these militias adopt an ideology of exclusion. We call upon the Yemeni people to make the assassination of Ali Abdullah Saleh a turning point in the country’s history and encourage all people to join ranks with the legitimate government and against the evil terrorists.”

Meanwhile, fighting and air strikes have intensified in Sanaa, where roads were blocked and tanks were deployed on many streets, trapping civilians and halting delivery of vital aid including fuel to supply clean water, the UN said on Monday.

Some of the fiercest clashes were around the diplomatic area near the U.N. compound, while aid flights in and out of Sanaa airport had been suspended, the U.N. said after its appeal for a humanitarian pause on Tuesday.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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