Houthis Slam Yemen’s Gulf Neighbors’ Intervention Threat

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A demonstration against the Houthis on February 14, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. Arabic writing on placard reads "Militias are gangs that won't build a nation." AFP/Mohammed Huwais.

Published Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Houthi movement said on Sunday it will not cave in to "threats" after Yemen's Gulf neighbors urged the UN to act forcefully against its takeover.

"The Yemeni people won't cede power in the face of threats," spokesman Mohammed Abdul-salam said, quoted by the official Saba news agency, which the Houthi militia now controls.

Abdul-salam insisted that Yemenis were "engaged in a process of self-determination free of any (foreign) tutelage."

The militia spokesman denounced as "provocative blackmail" demands for the Huthis to relinquish power.

The withdrawal of ambassadors "reflects the panic that has hit some political forces which aren't betting on the people... and their dignity, but on foreign" countries, said Abdul-salam.

"These embassies are here to oversee the interests of their own countries and not those of the (Yemeni) people," he added.

Yemen's neighbors urged the UN on Saturday to move forcefully over the deteriorating security situation, saying they will themselves act if the rival factions there do not resolve their differences.

The call, at a meeting in Riyadh of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), came as Houthi militiamen fired live rounds to disperse thousands of protesters on Saturday.

Foreign ministers of the six GCC member countries urged the "UN Security Council to take a decision under Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter," which allows the use of military force if there are threats to peace.

They also asked for an urgent meeting of the Arab League and of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In a final communique, they called for immediate international steps to "guarantee the safety of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah as well as other officials" who have been under de facto house arrest since January.

The GCC said they hope ongoing UN efforts in Yemen will lead to an agreement by all parties there based on "preserving legitimacy" and "resuming the political process."

Failing that, and without elaborating, they said they would take "measures that will enable them to preserve their vital interests in Yemen's security and stability."

On Friday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Yemen is falling apart and said the Western-backed Hadi should be restored to power.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution on Sunday urging the Houthis to step aside, release government officials and begin UN-brokered negotiations, diplomats said.

The Houthis seized Sanaa in September before tightening their grip and prompting President Hadi and Prime Minister Bahah to tender their resignations.

They dissolved parliament and installed a "presidential council" to run Yemen on February 6, sparking security concerns that saw several Arab and Western countries close their embassies and evacuate diplomats.

Among the countries that have closed their embassies and pulled out their staff are Britain, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have taken similar action.

Meanwhile, the family of demonstrator Saleh Awadh al-Bashiri, detained by the Houthis on Wednesday at a protest against their takeover, said he had died of torture wounds suffered in captivity.

Another two protesters who were held with him have been hospitalized after being found wounded and left on a street.

The families posted pictures on social media they said were of their sons, showing parts of their bodies bruised and swollen from beatings.

On Sunday, the Houthis announced a ban on all demonstrations against them unless they are authorized by the interior ministry, which itself is now under their control.

(AFP, Al-AKhbar)

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The UN is an arm of the anglozionist empire. I hope Yemen has arms hold on to their sovereignity.

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