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Yemeni government warns of Houthi militias’ ‘terrorist intentions’

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The Houthis intentionally target civilians and have “terrorist intentions” in Hodeidah, Yemeni government spokesperson Rajeh Badi warned in a statement on Wednesday.

Badi told the Yemeni news agency that the Houthi militias have a “terrorist agenda”, including the possibility of "blowing up" an oil tanker in Ras Isa.

“The militias have schemed terrorist plans as a result of the huge losses they’ve endured. These plans include booby-trapping governmental buildings and national (facilities) like the Hodeidah Port. There are also terrorist intentions to target international navigation paths and global trade in Bab-el-Mandeb and South of the Red Sea, and to blow up the Safer oil tank at Ras Isa which contains around one million barrels of crude oil,” Badi said, noting that blowing up the latter may result in an environmental and economic disaster to Yemen and the region’s countries.

He added that the militias deliberately place heavy weapons in populated residential neighborhoods and block main roads in Hodeidah thus affecting civilian movement and flow of humanitarian aid, adding that the Houthi militias intentionally target civilians.

According to Badi, the joint forces command of the coalition continues to facilitate naval permits for the Hodeidah Port and continues to secure safe passages to and from Hodeidah.

He noted that the Houthis will be legally responsible before the international community for their violations of international humanitarian laws and any terrorist activity they plan to carry out to weaken economic capabilities and infrastructure in Hodeidah and other governorates.

Badi also said that the joint forces command of the coalition support the Yemeni national army and popular resistance to liberate Hodeidah as liberating the city is “the government’s right towards liberating all of Yemen.”

He added that the qualitative victories achieved to liberate the city and its port have become “an urgent humanitarian and military necessity to end the Yemeni people’s suffering, and to allow the flow of imports, goods and aid.”