Yemen's President accuses Iran of backing Houthis

Hadi said Houthis received support from four satellite channels funded by Iran and broadcast from the Lebanese capital, Beirut

Yemen's President accuses Iran of backing Houthis

World Bulletin/News Desk

Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on Saturday accused Iran of offering support for the Shiite Houthi opposition in his country for the first time since a political crisis engulfed his poor restive country almost three weeks ago.

During a meeting with dignitaries from 22 Yemeni provinces in the capital, Sanaa, Hadi said Houthis received support from four satellite channels funded by Iran and broadcast from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, according to the official Yemeni news agency.

The agency quoted the Yemeni President as calling on Iran to be "rational" and deal with all the Yemeni people, not just one sect.

"Some people do not want Sanaa to enjoy either security or stability," the agency quoted Hadi as telling his audience at the meeting. "They want to turn it ablaze like Damascus, Baghdad and Libya."

Yemen has faced its deepest political crisis in years almost three weeks ago when tens of thousands of Houthis took to the streets to demand the abolition of a previous government decision to slash fuel subsidies and also ask the government to leave.

Houthi protests continued to rage unabated even as Hadi sacked the cabinet and called on Houthis to join in the new government.

The poor country has continued to suffer growing turmoil ever since a popular uprising that started in 2011 ended the autocracy of longstanding president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2014, 23:38
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