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Houthi: Saudi Arabia sought to buy weapons from Israel to intercept Houthi missiles

June 9, 2022 at 11:38 am

A Yemeni holds up a picture of the Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi during a rally held to mark the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen on March 26, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]

Leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi said yesterday that Saudi Arabia has sought to purchase defence systems from Israel to intercept missiles launched by the group against the kingdom.

“The Saudis sought help from the whole world to obtain any systems that would shoot down our missiles, until they reached the point of begging from the Israeli enemy,” Al-Masirah channel quoted Al-Houthi as saying.

Speaking during a meeting with dignitaries and sheikhs of Taiz governorate, Al-Houthi said the governorate of Taiz is “a title of pride, steadfastness and sincere patriotism, reflected in its great position in confronting the aggression that targeted it and the whole country.”

He explained that the group continues to develop its “air defence capabilities”, noting that the Houthis have in recent years been able to shoot down “enemy aircraft” of various types, while preparations continue to reach further afield with greater effectiveness and more advanced technologies.

He also pledged to develop the group’s military industries sector to become one of the best in the region.

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