Houthis vow violent response to any escalation in Yemeni coasts

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-10-12 | Since 8 Month

Houthi Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf

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The Houthi authorities in Sana'a on Friday threatened the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni legitimacy with "grave and violent" response to any military escalation in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida or other Yemeni coastal areas.

"Any military escalation targeting the governorate of Hodeida or any area along the Yemeni coasts will be met with grave and violent reaction onto the depths of aggression states and any hostile military facilities or presence," Houthi foreign minister said "as part of self-defense right."

"Targeting oil tankers in the Red Sea and any possible military escalation on Yemeni coasts will further threaten the international peace and security, and won't be to the interest of any country in the region," Hisham Sharaf said in statement carried by Sana'a-based Saba.

On Friday, the United States said it would deploy additional troops in Saudi Arabia to help enhance the Kingdom's defenses following the 14-September attack on Aramco oil facilities.

Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, yet Washington and Riyadh accused Tehran.

The rebel FM warned against complications of targeting an Iranian tanker in the Red Sea, as "such provocative, irresponsible acts would allow for outsiders to increase disagreements between some of the region's countries."

On Friday, an Iranian oil tanker suffered two explosions about 60 miles from the Saudi western port of Jeddah, with Iranian authorities attributing the incident to missile strike.

FM Sharaf described targeting oil tankers as very dangerous act that pose risks to the Red Sea's environment, to regional economies and to global navigation route.

He urged the Arab coalition countries and "their international supporters" to positively react to the Houthi ceasefire initiative.

On 20 September, the Houthi group announced halting all their strikes on Saudi Arabia, calling Riyadh to announce likewise, as part of "peace initiative aimed at national inclusive conciliation" under talks between all parties.

Saudi Arabia "considers de-escalation announced from Yemen positively," the Saudi deputy defense minister, Prince Khaled Bin Salman, said on 4 October, as the Kingdom always seeks lull for Yemen and hopes it is actually applied.

Few days earlier, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman hailed the Houthi-announced ceasefire, from their side, as "a positive step to push for more serious and active political dialogue," but "first, if Iran stops its support of the Houthi militia, the political solution will be much easier."

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally-recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi in the rebel-held Sana'a.

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