Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Al Houthis racial and want to rule by divine right, President Saleh

By Nasser Arrabyee/19/08/2009

Sana'a- The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that Al Houthi rebels are racial and claim to have a divine right to rule.

"They disclosed an ugly racial face which claims a divine right to rule," President Saleh told the troops battling with AlHouthi rebels in Haraf Sufyan where he visited Tuesday.

"The armed forces are determined to crush the rebels and saboteurs and outlaws of Al Houthi," he said.

Prominent tribal Sheikhs from Hashed and Bakail tribes, the most influential two tribes in Yemen, accompanied the President in his swift visit to Haraf Sufyan where rebels tried to block the road between Sana'a and Sa'ada.

Earlier, the official Spokesman for the Yemeni government, Minister of Information, Hussan Al Lawzi said Yemen would settle accounts one day with Iran for supporting Al Houthi rebels politically and financially.

"Some media have revealed there is financial and political support for the rebels and saboteurs of Al Houthi especially some satellite channels like Al Alam and Al Kawthar and Tehran radio, and unfortunately everybody knows who finances these channels," the spokesman told reporters.

"These channels commit crime against Yemen, they interfere in our internal affairs, and we will settle accounts with the States responsible for them," Al Lawzi said.

A security official said Wednesday that 100 Al Houthi rebels were killed and 300 were arrested as government troops continue fierce battles with the rebels in Sa'ada.

The official said the troops widely combing the areas which were occupied by the rebels. "No option now for the remaining rebels except to surrender," the official said.

"More than 100 rebels and saboteurs were killed and 300 were arrested in Haraf Sufyan, Al Malahaid,Al Mahadher, Al Talh and other areas over the last few days," The government-run media quoted the unidentified security official as saying.

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