Ansarullah Warns Saudi-Coalition Members of Missile Revenge
Zeifollah al-Shami, a senior Ansarullah politburo member, was quoted by the Iranian media as saying that the movement’s missile strike against Abu Dhabi was “a message to other aggressive states”.
“Ansarullah which has earlier targeted Riyadh once and Abu Dhabi in the UAE twice is able to target the capital of any other country that is a member of the aggressive coalition and has launched war against Yemen and occupied it,” he added.
“Also, we gave a direct response to the UAE as the main supporter of militias affiliated to Abdullah Saleh (former Yemeni president who was killed on Monday while escaping from Sana’a to the UAE) as Saleh had strong ties with the UAE because he owns assets and properties in there and his children live there. Saleh and the UAE were fully coordinated but they were disgraced finally and their real being came under the spotlight,” al-Shami said.
The Yemeni interior ministry confirmed on Monday that former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed while escaping from Sana’a to Ma’arib province.
Saleh was fleeing Sana’a on an armored vehicle when his vehicle was hit and destroyed.
Saleh was also accompanied by his deputy Aref Zuka and Secretary-General of the National Congress Party Yasser al-Avazi when their car was hit in Khoulan al-Tayal security point.
A Yemeni reporter said that Saleh had an appointment with Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, one of the former military men affiliated to the former regime and Saudi Arabia, to help him escape from Ma’arib to be transferred to the UAE.
Meantime, after reports on Saleh’s death, the Saudi-led coalition of several countries released a statement, calling on their citizens in Sana’a to distance at least 500m from Ansarullah bases.
The new change in the course of the Yemeni conflict came after Saleh and his supporters turned their weapons against Ansarullah movement.
Meantime, Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi accused Saleh of “betrayal,” vowing to keep fighting against the Saudi-led coalition.
The coalition later welcomed Saleh’s new stance and offered to provide support to fight the Ansarullah fighters, according to Al-Arabiya.