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The leader of Yemen’s Ansarallah resistance movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has revealed that US forces are taking advantage of the UN-brokered truce to mobilize reinforcements and build military bases in the eastern provinces of Hadhramaut and Al-Mahrah, as well as on the Red Sea coast.
He also claimed Washington is setting up military installations in the city of Aden, which is controlled by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).
During his speech in the province of Ibb, south of Sanaa, on 19 May, the resistance leader said that the Yemeni people “will not accept Washington’s diktats,” warning that the enemies are “hell-bent on creating discord and division” among the people by any means necessary.
“Enemies, having become fairly frustrated with attempts to impose their diktats through ousted Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, have decided to remove him in a humiliating matter,” Al-Houthi said, referring to Saudi Arabia forcing the ousted president to give up his position as a leader in exile.
“It is the traitors and mercenaries who would like to prove their servitude to Saudi or Emirati officers,” he said, calling for an immediate end to foreign domination of the Arab country.
“They brought a bunch of criminals, traitors, and thieves to power, and declared them as the leaders of the Yemeni nation. They are actually the choices of outsiders, not Yemenis.”
On 7 April, former president Hadi resigned and transferred his powers to a Saudi-appointed presidential council, led by Rashad al-Alimi.
Al-Alimi has openly supported US presence in Yemen, according to statements made by Ansarallah officials.
Since 2015, Yemen has been the target of a brutal war initiated by Saudi Arabia and its close regional allies.
The ensuing conflict and economic blockade has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions, and pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.
The UN describes the US-supported, Saudi-led war on Yemen as having caused “one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.”