News ID: 89989
Publish Date : 08 May 2021 - 22:01

Official: Yemen Will Cease Reprisals When Saudi Aggression, Siege Stop

SANA’A (Dispatches) – Yemeni forces will stop retaliatory military operations against Saudi targets only when Riyadh and its allies put an end to their devastating war and all-out blockade against the impoverished country, a senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council says.
The remarks by Mohammed al-Bukhaiti came after the U.S. State Department said Friday that Yemeni forces "missed out on a chance to show they are serious about ending the war” by refusing to meet with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in Muscat.
G7 foreign ministers also condemned retaliatory attacks by Yemeni Armed Forces on Saudi Arabia and the ongoing operation to liberate Yemen’s central city of Ma’rib in a communiqué released after two days of talks in London,
Al-Bukhaiti wrote in a post published on his Twitter page Saturday that the Western powers are turning a blind eye to the Saudi-led aggression, siege and occupation and denounced the G7 move as "international hypocrisy.”
"That is why we are continuing our offensives against Saudi Arabia and for the liberation of Yemeni territories,” Bukhaiti pointed out.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the U.S. and other regional allies, launched the bloody war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government back to power and crushing Ansarullah.
Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.
The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.
In a latest development, at least seven civilians were killed after warplanes of the Saudi-led military coalition launched an airstrike on a group of people preparing for an anti-Zionist rally in Yemen’s northern province of Ma’rib.
The aerial aggression was carried out against Sahari village in Majzar district, where at least three other civilians were also wounded on Friday, Yemen’s official Saba news agency, citing an unnamed security source, reported.
The Saudi-led fighter jets attacked the village while a group of people was preparing to hold a rally to commemorate International Quds Day.
Every year, the occasion falls on the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It has been so named by the late founder of the Islamic Republic in Iran, Imam Khomeini.