TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement condemned the assassination of Saleh al-Samad, the head of the Arab country’s Supreme Political Council, in a Saudi-led air strike and pledged that the movement would take revenge on Saudi Arabia and UAE.
Saudi Arabia would never be able to create any political development by assassinating Saleh al-Samad, said Mohammad al-Bakhiti, a member of the Supreme Political Council, the Arabic-language Al Mayadeen reported.
“It is the right of the Yemeni nation to show a reaction to the assassination of Samad and other (Saudi) crimes against civilians,” he added.
The Yemeni official further emphasized that following the killing of Samad, Yemeni missile attacks on Saudi Arabia will intensify.
“The UAE and Saudi Arabia have crossed all the red lines and it is our right to target those who are responsible for the suffering of the Yemeni people,” Bakhiti stated.
In a statement released on Monday, the Supreme Political Council announced that Samad lost his life after the Saudi jets hit his residence in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah on Thursday.
The council conveyed its sincere condolences to the Yemeni nation for the loss of Samad, an influential figure in Yemen’s resistance against a more-than-three-year-old war imposed by Riyadh on the impoverished country.
The council, Yemen’s top governing body, also appointed Mehdi Mohammad Hussein al-Mashat as its new chairman.
Meanwhile, leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, in a live speech, said all aggressor countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia, were responsible for the killing of Samad, and they must await the consequences of their crime.
He also stressed that such crimes against the Yemeni nation would not break the will of his people in defending their country against the so-called military coalition.
Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for over three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.