SANA’A (Dispatches) – The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has commended the country’s progress in developing indigenous long-range ballistic missiles, stressing that Yemenis have overcome difficult stages and challenges over the past eight years of Saudi-led war.
In a speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital, addressing a group of visiting tribal leaders and locals from the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi declared that the Yemeni forces and fighters from allied Popular Committees possess military capabilities much superior than those of many Arab countries.
“We now manufacture long-range ballistic missiles that can hit the depths of Saudi-led coalition member states. The production of various types of missiles is well underway and continues to improve,” the Yemeni resistance leader remarked.
“Yemeni missiles are becoming more precise, stronger, more destructive and deadlier. Despite expensive and sophisticated American air defense systems, enemies are unable to intercept and bring down our missiles,” he hastened to add.
The Ansarullah leader underscored that production of military equipment was taken into serious consideration after the start of the Saudi-led aggression, and great achievements were made in the area through patience, sacrifice and research.
“From pistols to Kalashnikov rifles, cannons and missiles, all kinds of weapons are manufactured indigenously. This is a great and impressive achievement,” Houthi underscored, with a hint of pride.
The Ansarullah leader further said that Yemenis were in the eighth year of confronting the U.S. and Saudi-led aggression, adding that they have gone through “difficult stages and taken on daunting challenges.”
“By means of crippling blockade, enemies sought to pit Yemeni people against each other and throw them into internal strife. The foes, however, failed in all their conspiracies to sow the seeds of sedition and wage a propaganda war, as they were faced with the vigilance of Yemeni nation.”
American policies and those of Zionist lobby groups have created major crises in different parts of the world, including in Muslim world, he said.
“The United States is involved in a new state of war with Russia and China. The Ukraine conflict is the product of Washington’s provocative and divisive policies throughout the world. We have two options in the face of international crises and enemies’ conspiracies: either to embrace negligence, irresponsibility and despair and be overwhelmed, or to follow a movement of faith and mobility with reliance on God,” the Ansarullah chief said.
Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the U.S. and other Western states.
The war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, a top-ranking Yemeni official says U.S. and British military trainers have arrived at a port in the country’s southeastern province of al-Mahrah bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman on vessels loaded with munitions as well as military and logistical equipment.
The provincial governor, al-Qatabi Ali Hussein al-Faraj, told Yemen’s official Saba news agency on Wednesday that large arms shipments aboard military vessels disembarked at the port of Nishtun, and that British and American military trainers are stationed at al-Ghaydah International Airport.