Hezbollah Rejects Claims Member Killed in Yemen
The Hezbollah resistance movement on Sunday dismissed as sheer lie a recent report by a Saudi paper alleging that a member of the Lebanese group has been killed in Yemen.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement issued a statement on Sunday and strongly rejected “as rumor and a sheer lie” the report by the London-based daily al-Sharq al-Awsat that one of its members have been killed in Yemen.
Also, Reuters news agency claimed in a report earlier that local militiamen in Aden have captured two Iranian military officers advising Ansarullah fighters during fighting on Friday evening.
An informed source at the Iranian foreign ministry categorically rejected the Reuters report, and reiterated, “This report is not true as no Iranian military force is in Yemen.”
Tehran has denied providing military support for Ansarullah fighters, whose advances against the Al-Qaeda terrorists and forces loyal to fugitive President Mansour Hadi have drawn air strikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic’s main rival for influence in the Persian Gulf.
The Reuters report alleged that the two captured officers were an IRGC colonel and a captain seized in two separate districts that have been rocked by heavy gun battles, but meantime, stressed that the report has not yet been confirmed.
The report quoted sources in the Saudi-backed forces as saying that the two officers “have been put in a safe place and we will turn them over to (the Saudi-led coalition) Decisive Storm to deal with them”.
On Friday, after days of debating, Pakistani lawmakers adopted a resolution rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military aggression against Yemen. The member of parliaments called on the warring parties to resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue.
They unanimously voted in favor of a resolution saying that “Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis”.
Following Pakistan’s decision to stay out of Yemen’s conflict, Saudi Arabia prevented a Pakistani airplane from entering its airspace on Friday.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 18 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 1026 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left more than 2242 people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.