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Houthi Says Saudi Arabia Prepares To Attack Yemen Area

 
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The leader of the Shiite Houthi Group said on Sunday Saudi Arabia is preparing for an aggression on some areas in Hajjah province in northern Yemen.
In a statement his office distributed to media, Abdul Malik al-Houthi said the Saudi kingdom will attack the Kohlan al-Sharaf area within its aggressive expansion inside Yemen.
"The attack will be carried out from the Wadi Ghamis area in Hajjah in the far north," the statement said.
"Such provoking moves come within a series of violations on the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia including new army posts, war positions and displacing families from their villages and pursuing goat shepherds in Yemen," it added.
The leader also accused the Saudi regime of inciting internal wars in Yemen exploiting the country's economic and political conditions. "What the Saudi kingdom is doing conflicts with religious and humanitarian values as well as the interest of the two countries".
Furthermore, he slammed some local forces saying they have weak political attitudes helping externals to offend the Yemeni people.
The Houthi Group in Saada province fought the army during the era of the former regime six wars in which many people were killed, injured and displaced.
The former regime of Saleh accused the group of receiving support from Iranian Hawzas to spread the Shiite school in Yemen. Saudi forces were involved in the last war on this group.
But the group, during the wars which started in 2004, proved itself as well-organized and armed.
More recently, it has started battles against the Salafis and hundreds from both sides have been killed and injured so far.
This group has occupied many parts in Saada and Hajjah and last year it tried to expand its presence in Jawf and Amran. Locals in Saada say the Houthi Group is the true ruler, mainly in Saada, and the situation is stable under it.
When the public uprising erupted in 2011 to demand change and the ouster of the Saleh regime, it joined it and since then it has become a key player in the country.
The power-sharing government, formed according to a power-transfer deal brokered by the GCC and backed by the UN after the 2011 turmoil, gives more attention to the Saada issue. It has said this issue will be one of the top priorities to be discussed at a comprehensive national dialogue in the near future.
Separately, Houthi fighters fired on a security patrol in Saada early Sunday killing a soldier and wounding another. Media outlets quoted security sources as saying the reasons for the incident were unclear. Houthi checkpoints spread everywhere in Saada and in some parts of nearby provinces.

 

 

 

 


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