UAE minister: Executions of Saleh’s party leaders expose Houthi looting

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) talks with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (C) during a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 19, 2017. (AFP)

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Saturday said in a tweet that the Houthi militias have seized control of the Yemeni state's authorities and their resources in Sanaa and are aiming to seize their funds.

He said that the recent executions of leaders of the General People’s Congress party – allied to slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh – has exposed alarming realities about the Houthis.

He said in a series of tweets: "The Houthis are holding onto power in Sanaa, and their grip on the state's income, estimated at $3.5 to $5 billion a year, is money spent only on its supporters and terrorist militias.

"Studies show that despite the war, the importation of cars into the areas of Houthi control and housing construction for its supporters is witnessing a big boom, of course funding is from the looted state treasury," he said in another tweet.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55