Sana’a (GPA) – Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, speaking on behalf of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement — known throughout western media simply as “the Houthis” — called for elections and negotiations to end the war and begin reconstruction.
Head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, again expressed Ansarullah’s willingness to negotiate a political solution to the US-supported and Saudi-led war against Yemen.
Yemen’s Resistance aka. “Houthis” Calls for Negotiations, National Elections, and Reconstruction
Mr. al-Houthi highlighted the need for a national committee as well as elections of a national president and governing body that represent all Yemeni parties — without influence from foreign entities.
Furthermore, al-Houthi requested the international community engage in reconstruction and reparations for the devastating war. He also reaffirmed Ansarullah’s commitment to granting amnesty and releasing prisoners of war provided all parties abide by negotiations.
Mr. al-Houthi’s comments come just days after the Southern Transitional Council (STC) launched a coup against the Saudi-backed government in their make-shift Aden capital. (Ansarullah forces currently control Yemen’s official capital of Sana’a.) His mood reflects Ansarullah’s consistent dedication to maintaining the territorial integrity of Yemen among recent political changes in the south calling for secession.
The STC enjoys substantial support from the United Arab Emirates. Their public support throughout Yemen’s south combined with Emirati political influence creates substantial animosity between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh who are currently competing for power in the war-torn nation. Secession is a top priority of the Emirati-backed STC who seek to split Yemen into North and South once again.
Saudi Arabia launched their devastating war against Yemen nearly three years ago with full support from the United States — commonly referred to as a Riyadh-led effort. Although always a key player, recent events in the south (along with Riyadh’s abysmal failure) arguably solidify Abu Dhabi as the war’s leading regional force.
Washington’s Active Participation in War Crimes
Far from a mere passive observer, the United States provides both military and intelligence support to Emirati and Saudi-backed forces. Saudi airstrikes and ground operations have killed and injured over 35,000 people in the past three years.
US forces provide intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. Riyadh’s airstrike campaign frequently targets markets, homes, cars, media crews, farms, factories, prisons, and even ambulance crews entering bomb sites. This affirms Washington’s direct participation in gruesome war crimes and arguably genocide against the Yemeni people.
Mainstream media finally took the time to cover Yemen this week due to the clashes in Aden between Saudi and Emirati proxies. However, they still refuse to acknowledge US participation in the catastrophic siege and blockade. United States Navy ships enforce the blockade throughout the Red Sea by prohibiting aid and cargo ships from docking in resistance-held territory. (It’s also worth mentioning that Saudi airstrikes destroyed the port’s cranes a while back.)
Over eight million Yemenis face direct famine due to the land, air, and sea blockade which severely restricts food, aid, salaries, flow of movement, and vital medical supplies. Saudi Arabia demanded the closure of Yemen’s main airport in Sana’a and subsequently destroyed its infrastructure.
Throughout the course of the war, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has gained widespread support due to their anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist stance, support for marginalized communities, and elimination of terrorist influence from groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. They gained full political control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a after the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh in December. Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and western backers orchestrated a failed coup to split Saleh’s two-and-a-half-year alliance with Ansarullah.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.