Houthi chief vows to fight militants, sees Libya-style strife

Abdel Malek Al Houthi said his decision to mobilise his fighters amid accelerating violence in recent days was aimed against Daesh.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 24 Mar 2015, 1:34 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:10 PM

Anti-Houthi protesters run as pro-Houthi police troopers fire tear gas to disperse them in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz. -Reuters 

Dubai - The leader of Yemen’s powerful Houthi movement vowed on Sunday to pursue militants behind suicide attacks anywhere and said the country was in danger of descending into Libya-style turmoil.

In a live televised speech, Abdel Malek Al Houthi said his decision to mobilise his fighters amid accelerating violence in recent days was aimed against Daesh, which claimed responsibility for bombings that killed more than 130 in the capital Sanaa on Friday, and against Al Qaeda.

He also criticised the UN Security Council, saying it was led by countries that plotted “evil” against others.

Violence has been spreading across Yemen since last year when the Iran-allied Houthis seized Sanaa and advanced into Sunni areas, leading to clashes with local tribes and Al Qaeda and energising a southern separatist movement.

Houthi did not elaborate on his criticism of the council. But diplomats in New York said the council would on Sunday condemn the takeover of much of Yemen and its institutions by the Houthis and warn of “further measures” if hostilities do not end.

In combative remarks, Houthi said his foes had encouraged militant violence and used political reform talks to buy time, something he said would eventually transfer “the Libyan example to Yemen ... This has become more apparent and clear than ever.”

“Al Qaeda and Daesh do not have any compassion towards any party, and what’s happening in Iraq and Syria today is a lesson to our country.”



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