Saleh's son promises 'to expel' Houthis: Saudi media



Tue, 05 Dec 2017 - 07:47 GMT


Tue, 05 Dec 2017 - 07:47 GMT

Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh – Yemen - Press

Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh – Yemen - Press

CAIRO – 5 December 2017: Ahmed Saleh, the eldest son of the assassinated Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said Monday that he will lead the fight against Houthis.
According to Saudi Al-Ekhbariya TV, Saleh said that he would lead “the battle” until all Houthi elements get expelled from Yemen.

Saleh said that murdering his father is “hell” that will backfire on the Iran-aligned groups, referring to the Houthis.

The General People’s Congress in Yemen (GPC) mourned Monday in a statement the death of the party establisher and leader, Saleh.

The statement asked the members of the party to protect the unity of the (GPC) that has sacrificed for defending Yemen and keeping it united and safe.

"We should have stood by the 2011 Arab Spring!" Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Monday.

Commenting on Saleh’s assassination, Khashoggi said that despite the victory of the Houthis, they cannot be the future of Yemen, as they are “contradictory to history.”

“The murder of Saleh, the chaos, threatening the region, the Houthis, and the Iranian interference: this (mess) happened because we resisted history, we resisted the (Arab) Spring. We denied people's right to claim their freedom.”

Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Mohammed al-Jaber said: “We will always stand by our Yemeni brothers whatever crimes the Houthis commit. Treachery and covenants breaking are part of what Houthis have learned from Iran.”

After being ousted from the presidency early 2012, Saleh and his loyal forces allied with Iranian-backed Houthi forces against Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognized government in 2014.

On Saturday, Saleh announced the dissolution of his partnership with the Houthi rebels, a move that the Houthis labeled as a “coup,” accusing him of treason.

Recent reports say that Saleh was stopped in his car, dragged out by militiamen and summarily executed alongside four others; the Houthi rebels then announced that they killed the former president.



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