UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The leader of the “Ansar Allah” Yemen, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, said the group’s forces will abandon targeting Saudi Arabia once it stops the “aggression” on Yemen, but will intensify its operations if the Arab coalition attacks continue.
“The sacrifices, patience and steadfastness of our people have resulted in victory and strength,” Houthi said in a speech on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Houthis’ takeover of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on September 21, 2014. About himself, his land and his independence is based on the right attitude and the just and unjust cause that is unparalleled.”
He continued: “We advise the coalition of aggression to stop their aggression and consideration of what they have reached a total failure. By stopping their aggression, bombing and siege, the army and the Popular Committees will stop strikes to the depth by drones and missiles.”
But he added: “As the shelling, siege and aggression continue, the most painful, deadliest and most dramatic strikes will reach the depths of their areas and no red lines in this context.”
Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Supreme Political Council in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, announced a peace initiative to stop any attacks on Saudi Arabia, calling on them to reciprocate.
Saudi Arabia has yet to respond to the initiative, only renewing its accusations that Iran is supporting terrorism in the Middle East, while the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomed the proposal by the Houthis.
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