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Yemenis denounce Houthi use of Iran-supplied missiles

By Nabil Abdullah al-Tamimi in Aden

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A placard showing a missile component fired by Yemen's Houthis and recovered in Saudi Arabia reveals the identity and logo of an Iranian manufacturer. The component was displayed at a military base in Washington on December 14th. [Jim Watson/AFP]

Iran's provision of ballistic missiles to the Houthis (Ansarallah) undermines the security and stability of Yemenis living in areas under the militia's control, Yemeni experts and observers told Al-Mashareq.

The Houthis attempted to launch a ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia on January 24th, but the launch failed and the missile landed on a house in Sanaa, sparking fierce condemnation.

"No rational person would not condemn the missile attacks on civilians, regardless of the side," political researcher Ahmed al-Maqtari told Al-Mashareq.

"We condemn all acts of violence that have harmed civilians," he said, calling on all the parties to the conflict and their supporters to stop the war and put an end to the suffering Yemenis have endured since March 2015.

"The condemnation of the failed missile launch goes beyond the perpetrators to include their supporters," he said.

"By this I mean the condemnation is directed at not only the Houthis, but also their sponsor Iran, which is the source of these weapons, according to international reports," he added.

Iran is prolonging the war

"All military actions that harm civilians are condemnable, whether they are deliberate or not," political researcher Amin al-Azazi told Al-Mashareq.

"The blame lies with all those who carry out these military actions, be they the Houthis or other parties," he said.

Al-Azazi expressed his hope that the war, which has "destroyed people's lives and claimed the lives of innocents in vain", would end and that everyone would work for peace to spare the Yemeni people from further suffering.

The Houthis plunged Yemenis into an unforseen war to serve Iran's regional agenda, humanitarian researcher Farida Mohammed told Al-Mashareq.

Mohammed said she blames "Iran for continuing to support the Houthis, especially with missiles, which is support for the purpose of destroying Yemen".

This only causes more victims, "especially among innocent civilians", she said.

"The failed missile launch proved that the Yemeni, his life and future is of little concern or interest to the Houthis," she said. "The Houthis plunged us into this war and forced us to take part in it."

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