Saudi-led coalition ‘saved Yemen’

Saudi-led coalition ‘saved Yemen’
Updated 25 April 2016

Saudi-led coalition ‘saved Yemen’

Saudi-led coalition ‘saved Yemen’

ISTANBUL: Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has expressed appreciation for the great support provided by Saudi Arabia in liberating most of the land seized by Houthis and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
In a speech he delivered ahead of the OIC summit in Istanbul, President Hadi paid tribute to the Arab Coalition for its support to defeat those who usurped power in Sanaa.
President Hadi said: “We have achieved much and restored most of the territories upon support of our allies in the Arab and Islamic Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and the UAE.”
He said the establishment of the Islamic coalition offers hope that a consistent Islamic force is being formed to deter terrorism and promote world peace.
President Hadi highlighted his government’s commitment to the cease-fire to create a good atmosphere for the consultations in Kuwait.
He said the authorities are determined to achieve a fair settlement that ends the coup, restores the Yemeni state and imposes its powers all over its territories.
Hadi said the rebels would have continued to control Yemeni territories if not for the steadfast support of the Yemeni peoples’ resistance which received support from Arab and Islamic countries.
The president demanded that the rebels should surrender to legitimate authorities and hand over their weapons.
Meanwhile, a local military official in Aden said on Friday that Yemeni forces backed by Apache helicopters from the Saudi-led coalition wrested the city of Houta from Al-Qaeda terrorists after a gunbattle on Friday morning,
The recapture of Houta, regional capital of southern Lahj province which has been held by the terrorists since last summer, is one of the Yemeni government’s most important inroads yet against Al-Qaeda.
Government troops began their attack at daybreak and succeeded after several hours of air strikes and heavy combat, said the military official.
“The campaign to control Houta has been completed and it has been cleansed of Al-Qaeda and extremist elements,” he said.