Saudi envoy: Houthi militia wants to impose Hezbollah-style regime in Yemen

A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia March 25, 2018.

:: Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, said this week that the Houthi militia aims to impose a Hezbollah-style regime in the war-torn country.

During a meeting with the Arab Coalition’s Col. Turki al-Maliki in Vienna on Thursday, Al Jaber said elements of the Houthi militia supported by Iran “do not make up even 1-3 percent of the Yemeni people” and yet they want to impose a regime similar to that of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The Saudi ambassador has repeatedly pointed out in previous statements that the Houthi militias are implementing in Yemen-Iranian policies aimed at continuing to starve and impoverish the Yemeni people.

He also stressed that the militia looted UN aid funds more than once, and refuses to reach any political settlement, with the aim of exacerbating the humanitarian situation on the ground and using this to play a political card.

“There are 22 sea, air and land ports in Yemen,” Al Jaber said. “We are in contact with international organizations to increase imports in Yemen to help the Yemeni people.”

Ballistic missiles

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Muallami, condemned the Iranian-supplied Houthi ballistic missiles repeatedly launched towards Saudi Arabia.

In a letter to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Muallami also condemned Thursday’s attacks on children rehabilitation centers in Yemen. He regretted the UN Security Council’s failure to confront the blatant Houthi violations.

The Saudi delegate stressed that the violations of UN Security Council resolutions allowed Iran to provide “terrorist militias with large quantities of ballistic missiles and drones as well as naval mines.”

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