Sana:Saudi troops are committing war crimes such as “raping women” and destroying international aid supplies, says the leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
“We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented,” Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi was quoted by al-Masirah on Wednesday.
He added that the kingdom and its allies were exploiting political problems in Yemen in order to occupy the war-torn country’s south.
Houthi noted that Yemen’s Red Sea coasts will turn into a graveyard for his those who try to invade the country.
Earlier in the day, Saudi-backed Yemeni forces, loyal to ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, claimed that they have seized the airport in the port city of Hudaydah from the Houthi Ansarullah fighters.
Saudi-backed Yemeni forces, loyal to ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, claim that they have seized the Hudaydah airport from the Houthi fighters.
Brigadier Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, a Saudi-led coalition commander in Yemen’s Red Sea coast, said in a video posted by the UAE’s official WAM news agency on Wednesday that the Hudaydah airport is “completely cleared” and “under control.”
The claims were denied by the Ansarullah movement.
The Hudaydah airport lies just eight kilometers from the city’s port, through which three-quarters of Yemen’s imports pass, providing a lifeline for millions of people.
Backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, the United Arab Emirates and allied militants loyal to the former Yemeni government launched the Hudaydah assault on June 13 despite warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.
The Houthis and allied armed forces, however, said that they have dealt a heavy blow to the aggressors, inflicting heavy losses on the invaders.
The UN says fierce clashes in the port city have driven 5,200 families from their homes.
The Saudi-led coalition claims that the Houthis are using Hudaydah for weapons delivery, an allegation rejected by the fighters.