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Yemeni PM: Marib Is Insurmountable for Houthi Militias

Yemeni PM: Marib Is Insurmountable for Houthi Militias

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 09:00
Yemeni pro-government forces on one of the battlefronts in Marib city, Yemen (AFP)

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik on Monday reaffirmed that Houthi coup militias will be crushed and the Iranian project will be defeated in the war-torn country. He also said that Marib city, located east of Houthi-run Sanaa, is insurmountable for the Iran-backed militia.

In a phone call conversation with Marib Governor Sultan al-Aarada, Abdulmalik was briefed on the standing of contact lines in the city in light of incessant Houthi assaults that targeted frontlines found in south, west, and northwest of Marib.

“Marib has been and will continue to be defiant in the face of Houthi militias who have failed in subduing the valiant city since 2014,” Abdulmalik said.

The prime minister praised locals for defending the city against the brazen assaults of Houthi militias, saying that their vigilance, support for the internationally recognized government, and rejection of the Iranian agenda was a key driver in preserving the Arab identity of Marib.

The legitimate government will not let Yemen be altered into an Iranian thorn in the Arab and Gulf region's waist or a stage for threatening the global shipping routes, Abdulmalik added.

“All of Yemen's legitimate institutions and entities are today fighting a fateful, irreversible battle to restore the State, complete liberation of every inch of Yemen and abort the Iranian project,” he said.

“Our goal is clear and our crucial battle is irreversible in crushing the Houthi coup, restoring the State, and defeating the Iranian project in Yemen.”

Abdulmalik hailed the steadiness and high morale showed by the Yemeni people, national army, popular resistance, and tribesmen in this existential battle.

According to official sources reporting to state-owned Saba news agency, Abdulmalik reviewed field developments in Marib with Governor al-Arada. The two discussed battles mounted by the Yemeni army and popular resistance forces which are backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

Al-Arada, for his part, described Houthi militias as “suicidal” in their attempt to take over Marib.

“Houthi militias are being confronted with an iron fist and decisiveness by Yemeni army forces and popular resistance tribesmen,” he confirmed to Abdulmalik.

The governor also ensured that Marib will remain safe, adding that pro-government forces are eyeing the liberation of Houthi-controlled Sanaa.

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