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Hezbollah doesn’t take Saudi charges seriously of complicity in Yemen conflict

Hizbullah on Monday dismissed as “ridiculous” Saudi charges that it aids Yemen’s Huthi rebels in launching strikes against the kingdom.

On Sunday, the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Huthi rebels were “militarizing” Sanaa airport and using it as a “main center for launching ballistic missiles and drones” towards the kingdom, with help from Iran and Hizbullah.

In a brief statement on Monday, Hizbullah responded: “What was said in the press conference… on so-called evidence of Hizbullah’s role in Yemen is insignificant and ridiculous and does not warrant a response.”

The Saudi accusations came as the coalition intensified an aerial bombing campaign against the Iran-backed Huthis in retaliation for deadly attacks on the kingdom, including a missile strike a day earlier which killed two people.

They were the first such deaths in the kingdom in years.

The Saudi bombing resulted in three deaths on Saturday in the Yemeni town of Ajama, northwest of Sanaa, according to medics.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 to back the internationally recognized government after the Huthis had taken over the capital Sanaa months earlier.

Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed in Yemen, in what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

In late October, Riyadh suspended diplomatic ties with Lebanon after the airing of statements by the then-Lebanese information minister criticizing the military intervention in Yemen.

Later, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said that Hizbullah’s dominance in Lebanon, and not just the minister’s comments, had prompted the kingdom to cut ties.

Since the coalition intervened almost seven years ago to support Yemen’s government, Saudi Arabia has regularly accused Iran of supplying the Huthis with weapons and Hizbullah of training the insurgents.

Tehran denies the charges, and Hizbullah has previously denied sending fighters or weapons to Yemen.

Source: Naharnet.com

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