Houthis Iran's agenda implementing tool: Saudi officials

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-05-17 | Since 6 Day

Khaled bin Salman & Adel Jubair

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The Houthi group in Yemen has proved it implements the "Iranian agenda" in the region, said two Saudi officials Thursday.

"The terrorist attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias on the Saudi Aramco-owned oil pumping stations confirms that they are but a tool applying Iran's agenda and serving its expansionist project in the region, but not protecting Yemeni citizen as they claim," said the Saudi defense undersecretary.

By "the terrorist acts they commit under directives from Tehran, Houthis put hangman's cord around the ongoing political efforts," Khaled bin Salman added on Twitter.

On his part, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs echoed the claim "Houthis prove day-by-day that they carry out the Iranian agenda and sell Yemeni people resources and their decisions for Iran interests."

"Houthi is an integral part of the Iranian Republican Guard and acts under their orders, and this was evidenced" by its attack on Saudi facilities, Adel Jubair added on Twitter.

In a letter to the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia has held Iran and Houthis fully responsible for the Tuesday drone attack on the twostations in Riyadh region.

Such "sabotage doesn't target the Kingdom only, but also the safety of the global oil supplies and economy," said Riyadh labeling the attack as "war crime."

On Tuesday, the Houthigroup claimed responsibility for targeting two Saudi oil facilities with 7 drones.

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government and backing coalition accuse Houthis of receiving support from Iran, a charge denied by Tehran that says it provides the rebels with political support.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.


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