As he thanked Saudi Arabia for bombing his country, Yemen’s fugitive former president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said the crisis in his country will end “soon,” hours after Riyadh declared the so-called “decisive storm” on impoverished Arab country had ended.
In a televised address from Saudi Arabia, he thanked the Saudi-led coalition and said his government will “restore hope to the people of Yemen.”
“I express the deepest gratitude and respect to our Arab and Muslim brothers and friends in this exceptional alliance in my name and on behalf of the Yemeni people,” Hadi said.
“The alliance that supported (the government’s) legitimacy which responded to the calls of Yemenis to serve its interests. A people who are looking to live and restore their state, this is why this was the primary objective of Operations Decisive Storm,” he added.
Saudi led a coalition of at least eight countries, to strike Yemen. Reports said that about 2,800 Yemeni civilians have been killed and thousands more have been injured in the aggression which started on March 26.
Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.
Hadi’s remarks came hours after the Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to its aggression on Yemen, nearly a month after launching air strikes against the civilians in the impoverished Arab country.
Saudi Arabia has “ended Operation Decisive Storm based on a request by the Yemeni government” and Hadi, said Saudi government spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri on a televised broadcast.