Yemeni president says Houthis have ‘sold themselves’ to Iran

A police trooper stands by a poster of Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on a government building during a demonstration to show support to Hadi in the country's northern city of Marib November 3, 2016. (Reuters)

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said militias behind the coup in Yemen have "sold themselves to the Iranian project which wants to control Yemen and target the entire region."

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen's rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources have recently said.

A senior Iranian official told Reuters news agency last month that Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force - the external arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - met top IRGC officials in Tehran to look at ways to "empower" the Houthis.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition sent military and logistical reinforcements to the western coast front in preparations for a battle to restore the Hudaydah port.

The coalition’s reinforcements aim to support the joint forces in what has been termed as Operation Golden Spear.

A Yemeni military spokesperson confirmed the reinforcements arrived, adding the operation will be swift and it will resemble the operation of liberating Aden.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49