Saudi Arabia cannot expect to stay safe as long as it continues its aggression against Yemen, Sharaf Abdullah, the Foreign Minister Hisham of the Houthi-led Yemeni government said.
“If Yemen is denied its safety, Saudi Arabia cannot stay safe as an aggressor either,” Yemen’s Saba Net news agency quoted the foreign minister as saying on January 17 .
“Those, who mobilize their militants towards Yemen with the goal of causing death and destroying its cities and villages, cannot expect us to respond by waving at them and sending them flowers and peace doves.”
Saudi Arabia and its allies invaded Yemen in March 2015 seeking to defeat the Houthis and bring the pro-Saudi government back to power. Since then, the Saudi-led coalition has de-facto collapsed under the pressure of internal contradictions and the military part of the campaign has failed. Coalition-led forces did not even capture the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The Houthis and their allies have been slowly but steadily winning the war.
Meanwhile in Yemen:
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 157 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours;
- On January 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Haradh area;
- On January 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Kitaf area;
- On January 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Sarwah area;
- On January 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area;
- More than 37,000 refugees arrived in Yemen during 2020, according to the International Organization for Migration;
- On January 17, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued in Jabal Murad district.
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