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Yemenis flee air strikes in the port city of Aden earlier today. A coalition

of ten countries including the U.S. and led by Saudi Arabia is intervening,

in the words of Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal, to 'save Yemen.'

 

 

Houthis Warn Saudis Not to Intervene in Yemen (Yemen Times, Yemen)

 

"'If he [President Hadi] was a real president, he wouldn't seek the support of foreign forces to crush his own people. His call for foreign military intervention is a conspiracy against Yemen and proves Hadi is a traitor,' said Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti of the Houthi Political Office Iran has been accused of backing the Houthis but the degree of cooperation between the two parties remains unclear. When asked if military intervention by Saudi Arabia would lead the Houthis to seek Iranian military support, Al-Bukhaiti said, 'The Yemeni people are able to confront the challenges and defend themselves without the support of any country.'"

 

By Khalid Al-Karimi

 

March 26, 2015

 

Yemen - Yemen Times - Original Article (English)

SANA'A: Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, considered the country's legitimate president by the international community, dispatched a letter on Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council asking for military intervention against the Houthis.

 

"A Security Council resolution should invite willing countries to immediately support Yemen's legitimate government by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter potential Houthi aggression that could come at any time against Aden city," the letter reads.

 

The day before, Hadi requested military intervention by the Peninsula Shield Force, the joint military force of the Gulf Cooperation Council, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Riyadh Yasin.

 

The Houthis have warned against military intervention in Yemen. Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti of the Houthi Political Office told the Yemen Times that Hadi's call for foreign military intervention reveals his intention to drive the country into civil war.

 

 

"If he was a real president, he wouldn't seek the support of foreign forces to crush his own people. His call for foreign military intervention is a conspiracy against Yemen and proves Hadi is a traitor," said Al-Bukhaiti.

 

Mohammad Abdulsalam, official spokesperson for the Houthi group, said in a phone interview Monday with the Hezbullah-affiliated Al-Manar TV in Beirut that Saudi military intervention in Yemen, through its support of terrorist groups in the south, would amount to a repetition of the Libyan scenario.

 

"If Saudi Arabia wages a war on Yemen, it will open the door to a war that it cannot control. Just leave us alone and we'll solve our problems ourselves," Abdulsalam said.

 

On Monday, in response to Hadi's call for military assistance, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said at a press conference that his country would "take necessary measures if needed" to protect Yemen's sovereignty.

 

Hadi's call for foreign military intervention came after the Houthis took control of Taiz on March 22 and its subsequent expansion south toward Aden.

 

According to Al-Bukhaiti, Houthi fighters have been fighting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Al-Baida, a northern governorate, and didn't previously plan to move south. However, he claimed that AQAP's presence and the latest violence made it imperative for them to expand, adding "any Saudi military intervention in Yemen will not be for the good of Saudi Arabia."

 

Iran has been repeatedly accused of backing the Houthis but the degree of cooperation between the two parties remains unclear. When asked if military intervention by Saudi Arabia would lead the Houthis to seek Iranian military support, Al-Bukhaiti said, "The Yemeni people are able to confront the challenges and defend themselves without the support of any country."

 

Abdulmalik Al-Fuhaidi, editor-in-chief of Al-Motamar Net, the mouthpiece of the General People's Congress (GPC), also criticized Hadi's call for foreign military intervention.

 

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Saudis Launch 'Decisive Storm' to 'Save Yemen' (Al-Arabiya, United Arab Emirates)

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"It is shameful that Hadi begs for support from foreign powers. Regardless of their differing affiliations, Yemenis will reject any interference as it will bring more problems than solutions," said Al-Fuhaidi. The head of the GPC, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is widely viewed as being allied with the Houthis.

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Unlike Al-Fuhaidi, Southern Movement leader Nasser Al-Khubaji said military intervention by the Peninsula Shield Force would be acceptable as long as it is to defend the south. "Though we may have differences with President Hadi, we don't think it wrong to request military support to protect our land," he said. [The Southern Movement seeks independence for southern Yemen].

 

The U.N. Security Council emphasized Hadi's legitimacy on March 22, calling on all parties and member states to "refrain from external interference that seeks to foment conflict and instability and instead to support the political transition." As of Wednesday evening, the UNSC had yet to comment on Hadi's letter.

 

Abdulsalam Mohammad, head of Sana'a-based think tank The Abad Center for Strategic Studies, said military intervention by the UNSC and the GCC would be limited to imposing no-fly zone zones and providing logistical support.

 

"Direct military intervention would be costly and I don't expect that to happen. Stopping the influx of weapons to Yemen and freezing the assets of former President Saleh would be better than direct military intervention," said Mohammad.

 

 

MORE ON YEMEN STRIKES:
Guardian, U.K.:
Saudis Launch Yemen Strikes; Alliance Builds Against Houthis
Dunya News, Pakistan:
Saudi Arabia Seeks Pakistani Assistance in Yemen
CBS News, U.S.:
Yemen's U.S.-Backed Leader Flees Palace
PJ Meida, U.S.:
Saudis Unleash Yemen Strikes; White House Promotes U.N.-Led Talks
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany:
The West Ignores Yemen at its Peril

 

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[Posted By Worldmeets.US, March 26, 2015, 6:35am]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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