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Houthis accuse Yemen’s president of arming Al-Qaeda

A spokesman for the Houthi group accused Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi of arming members of Al-Qaeda in the Marib province, east of the country, in order to create a new security crisis.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page yesterday, Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdulsalam said: “President Hadi supported Al-Qaeda in Marib with money and arms to create a new security crisis, not caring that this would not only work against the Houthis, but against the entire country.”

Abdulsalam said Hadi “paid large amounts to corrupt forces and their armed components in more than one area and encouraged troubles in Taiz to give the world a negative image of the security and economic situation in Yemen and to demand tougher international resolutions against the Yemeni people.”

The Houthis’ accusations against President Hadi come only 24 hours after the group’s gunmen kidnapped Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Hadi’s office manager, in the centre of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

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