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Saudi Arabia blatantly subservient to US: Yemeni Houthi leader

Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has slammed Saudi Arabia for doing the bidding of the United States, saying the Riyadh regime has become absolutely subservient to Washington’s policies.

According to Press TV, speaking on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan on Wednesday, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia further exposed Riyadh’s blind “subservience” to Washington, adding, “Not only the Saudi rulers do not deny this issue, but they even take pride in it and openly announce it.”

During his visit to Saudi Arabia last week, Trump signed a new $110-billion arms deal with the kingdom, a move severely criticized by international rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Houthi further described Saudi Arabia as “the leader of Wahhabism” in different parts of the world, expressing regret that leaders of some Muslim countries are following the policies of “the enemies of Islam.”

Unfortunately, the Islamic world is currently facing myriads of problems due to a lack of prudence, said Houthi, adding that the existing divisions in Muslim societies have made it easier for the US and Israel to advance their agendas.

The brutal Saudi campaign has been met with stiff resistance by the Ansarullah movement, which has the support of the Yemeni army and popular forces.

In the latest wave of their retaliatory attacks, the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters targeted the Bahtet and Taba military bases in the Saudi border city of Jizan, killing several soldiers and injuring a number of others, according to Yemeni media.

The Yemeni army also shot down a Saudi reconnaissance aircraft in Midi desert on Tuesday, the reports said.

The latest UN Security Council session was partly dedicated to Yemen.

Speaking at the Tuesday session, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that the impoverished Yemen is on the brink of total collapse, as the country is facing an emerging famine and an outbreak of cholera amid the war.