News   /   Saudi Arabia   /   Yemen

Yemen tells foreign firms to leave UAE as toll from bombings rises

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rescuers are carrying a man injured by airstrikes on a detention center in Sa'ada, Yemen, on Friday.

A spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces has called on foreign companies to pull out of the UAE following a series of airstrikes on Thursday and early Friday which have killed at least 90 people in Yemen.  

A correspondent of Yemen's al-Masirah TV said five people were pulled out from the rubble on Saturday, raising the death toll from the Saudi-led coalition bombing of a temporary detention center in Sa'ada to 87 people. 

Another 266 people were injured, most of them in critical condition, it cited Yemen's Minister of Public Health and Population Taha al-Mutawakil as saying.  

Late Thursday, Saudi-led coalition warplanes also struck a communications center in Hudaydah, killing six children playing soccer nearby and plunging Yemen offline as the war-torn nation lost its connection to the internet. 

A Saudi military spokesman denied deliberately targeting the detention center, raising questions as to whether the UAE had carried out the terrible bombing.  

“In the aftermath of the crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression against Yemeni people, we advise foreign companies in the Emirates to leave because they have invested in an unsafe country,” Yemen's Armed Forces spokesman Yahya Saree tweeted on Friday.

“The UAE would grow more insecure as long as its rulers continue their military aggression against Yemen.”

His fresh warning came after Yemeni forces carried out retaliatory drone and missile strikes against strategic facilities deep inside the UAE on Monday. 

On Friday, thousands of Yemenis staged demonstrations in the capital Sana’a and other cities to condemn the bombings of Sa’ada and Hudaydah.

‘Clear message to Saudi-led coalition, Israel’

Yemeni Information Minister Dhaifullah al-Shami warned of "volcanoes of rage" in response to the new atrocities. 

“The enemy was seeking to perpetrate today's crimes [against Sa’ada and Hudaydah] in silence and far from public opinion. Nationwide internet blackout in Yemen is a scheme by the Saudi-led coalition to conceal its crimes. Whatever took place in Syria several years ago is now happening in our country,” he told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV. 

“The fact that officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had visited Sa’ada prison two days prior to the air raid points to the United Nations’ complicity in the massacre.

“We are isolated from the rest of the world as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade. Nevertheless, the latest slaughter will spew out volcanoes of rage from Yemen,” he said. 

“Criminals will not escape unpunished. What they saw in their capitals was nothing but initial warnings. The recent strikes against the UAE were the first message to the Saudi-led coalition and the Israeli regime.”

‘Yemenis will not be brought to their knees’

A senior official from Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement said the Saudi-led coalition sought to “terrorize the Yemeni nation” with its airstrikes in Sa’ada and Hudaydah. 

“Yemenis will not be brought to their knees, no matter how many carnages the coalition would commit. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are dying due to the ongoing siege, which is the Saudi-led alliance's gravest crime,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah's political bureau, told al-Mayadeen TV.

He added that those behind the massacre will deeply regret their act of aggression.

Hezbollah condemns 'horrendous carnage'

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement also denounced the bombings. “This horrendous carnage proves the Saudi-led coalition’s brutality, and its utter disregard for all humanitarian, moral and religious principles,” it said in a statement.

The movement the airstrike in Sa'ada was meant to cover up failures of the Saudi-led coalition forces and their Takfiri mercenaries in their fight to prevent Yemen from liberating its territories under occupation. 

Hezbollah also deplored the international community’s silence on the ongoing bloodshed in Yemen, calling on freedom-loving people worldwide to voice solidarity with the oppressed Yemeni people and roundly reject such crimes.

“We believe that our dear brethren in Yemen, who have endured enormous sufferings over the past few years, will eventually emerge victorious and triumph over aggressors,” the statement read.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior member of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, equated the Saudi-led coalition's acts of aggression in Yemen to Israeli crimes against Palestinians, telling Arab states that partnership with the West and the Israeli regime will not benefit them.

“The Saudi-led coalition is seeking to obtain the consent of the West and the Israeli regime. The Arab regimes of the Persian Gulf region have taken up a failed path, and are relying on the powers that will have no place in the future of the region,” Zahar told al-Mayadeen TV.

“The Arab regimes are oppressively preventing their nations from voicing opposition to the Israeli occupation and normalization of relations with the regime, the senior Hamas official said, arguing that Arab rulers have ignored the history of Arab dignity and peace in order to preserve their monarchies.

The Islamic Jihad resistance movement also denounced the Saudi airstrikes.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians in Yemen by US-built warplanes, and possibly with the participation of Israeli fighter jets, attests to the defeat of aggressors on battle grounds [against Yemeni armed forces],” it said in a statement.

“Such attacks are a desperate and futile attempt to break the will of a nation, who have decided not to accept the diktats of the regimes that have tied their fate to US-Israeli policies in the region and have abandoned the Palestinian cause and al-Quds.”

“The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement hereby reiterates its solidarity with the brotherly Yemeni nation against the unjust Saudi-led aggression, and expresses confidence that the Yemeni people will defeat aggressors mightily at last,” it said.

Iraqi anti-terror Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq and Kata'ib Hezbollah resistance movements, which are part of the Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Sha’abi, as well as the Speaker of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Sheikh Humam Hamoudi also condemned the bloody Saudi bombings against Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku