Hizbullah Urges Instant Halt to 'Saudi-American Aggression' in Yemen
Hizbullah on Thursday called for an immediate end to what it described as the “Saudi-American aggression” against Yemen, a day before a scheduled speech by party chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
"Hizbullah strongly condemns the Saudi-American aggression that targets the brotherly people of Yemen, its national army and its vital institutions," a statement from the group said.
Riyadh has said it assembled a coalition of more than 10 countries, including five Gulf monarchies, for the military operation to defend Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's government. Washington said President Barack Obama had authorized the "provision of logistical and intelligence support" for the campaign.
The military move against the Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen triggered fury from Riyadh's regional rival Iran, Hizbullah's main regional ally, with officials in Tehran warning that the military action threatened to spill over into other countries.
Slamming “the participation of some Arab and non-Arab countries in this aggression and their political cover for it,” the party warned that “this Saudi-led adventure that lacks wisdom and legitimate and legal justifications is driving the region towards further tensions and threats that will affect its present and future.”
It described the military operation as “a blatant aggression against people seeking to obtain an independent decision, without hegemony from any state, whether regionally or internationally.”
Accordingly, Hizbullah called on “Saudi Arabia and its allies” to “stop this unjust aggression immediately and unconditionally.”
“This aggression secures the U.S. interests and gives a generous gift to the Zionist enemy and its choices,” the party added.
It also noted that “this brute aggression represents a chance for the sons of the Yemeni people to unite, show domestic solidarity and reach a comprehensive political solution that preserves their country and guarantees its unity and territorial integrity without any foreign interference.”
Later on Thursday, state-run National News Agency said Hizbullah chief Nasrallah is scheduled to deliver a televised speech Friday at 8:30 pm that will tackle "the latest developments in Lebanon and the region."