Al-Houthi replies to US sending reinforcements to Saudi Arabia
Supreme Political Council member Mohammed Ali al-Houthi had proposed to US President Donald Trump and the US Secretary of Defence what he called “a special agenda serving the US, rather than sending thousands of American soldiers to the Middle East.”
“It would be better for Trump, his administration, and Secretary Esper, to send out plans for coexistence, equal citizenship and democracy, instead of plans for war and destruction,” al-Houthi said in a tweet at midnight on Friday.
These comments came after the US Pentagon issued a statement on Thursday announcing that the US military presence in the Middle East would be boosted by 3,000 troops, in addition to 14,000 others who exist in the region.
“We have decided to reinforce our forces in Saudi Arabia with aircraft, naval parts and 1,800 troops in the region, to increase the possibility of intervention if needed,” US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said on Thursday.
This move came after “consulting with the US allies in the region to respond to Iran’s activities,” according to Esper.
The US move to reinforce their troops in the Middle East comes, paradoxically enough, right after US President Donald Trump had called the US interventions in the Middle East the “worst mistake in US history.”
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.