DAMASCUS, SYRIA (08:40 PM) – Sayyid Abdul-Malik Badreddine al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement (often called “the Houthis” by foreign media as a reference to al-Houthi), has promised retaliatory strikes in response to the increased aerial, naval and land blockade imposed on the country by the Saudi-led coalition.
Houthi addressed his supporters on a televised broadcast on Thursday, during a celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. In it, the Ansarullah leader warned against any plans of tightening the blockade further.
“Should the blockade continue, we know what (targets) would cause great pain and how to reach them,” al-Houthi stated.
The speech was televised for an audience of tens of thousands of Yemenis who had gathered in the Sabaeen Square of Sana’a to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, which this year coincides with the anniversary of the removal of the last British occupying forces from Yemeni soil on November 30, 1967.
The massive turnout for the commemoration rally came despite the fact that just yesterday, deadly clashes broke out between Ansarullah troops and Saudi-supported fighters who support ousted former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was removed from power by a popular revolution in 2014.
Yemen has been under constant attack since a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched an invasion of the country in March 2015. Continual Saudi aerial bombardments have claimed over 12,000 lives ever since, and have brought no less than 17 million Yemenis to the brink of famine.