News ID: 303308
Published: 0158 GMT May 23, 2021

Yemen’s Houthi official dismisses US sanctions, warns of expanded attacks

Yemen’s Houthi official dismisses US sanctions, warns of expanded attacks

Senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

A leader of Yemen's Houthi movement on Sunday dismissed US sanctions on military officials and threatened possible expanded attacks on "aggressor countries".

The comments by Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a senior member of Yemens Supreme Political Council, came after the United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Houthi military officials involved in a push to liberate Yemens strategic and energy-rich Marib region, according to Reuters.

Sanctions do not frighten [Yemeni] fighters. If your siege and aggression persist, we may target sites deep inside some member states of the coalition of aggression, which cannot ever expect,” he wrote in a post published on his Twitter page, according to Press TV.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and other regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi movement.

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. The Saudi war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

On Sunday, Yemeni Army forces shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led coalition over Yemen's northern province of Al-Jawf.

Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said air defense forces targeted a combat drone with a surface-to-air missile.

The aircraft was on a reconnaissance mission over Al-Maraziq area in the province early Sunday morning, he said.

It would not be a picnic” for anyone to enter the Yemeni airspace because the country's armed forces protect it, Saree said.

The development came only a day after the media bureau of the Houthi movement released video footage of the wreckage of a drone belonging to the Saudi military.





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