Sana: The Houthi rebels warned, ‘If Turkey deploys its soldiers in Yemen to intervene in Yemen’s civil war, Turkey also will have to face dire consequences just like Saudi Arabia. Turkey will not be spared.’ A Lebanese newspaper had claimed around a week ago that Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s relations are improving, and the Turkish military investment in Yemen is a part of the same developing cooperation. The Houthi rebels issued this warning following the report.
Abdul Wahid al-Mahbashi, a senior member of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, threatened Turkey while speaking to an Iranian news agency. Mahbashi said, ‘The United States, Arabic countries from the Persian Gulf, their mercenaries and media, fighting in the Yemen conflict have only failed. Despite the economy being dependent on oil transactions, these countries have failed in Yemen and had to rescue themselves from the swamps created by them.’
Mahbashi warned, ‘Turkish President Recep Erdogan will not sacrifice his soldiers in the Yemen conflict. Turkey will use mercenaries in Yemen, just like Libya and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan-Armenia. Because sending their soldiers will not be in the interest of Erdogan and his government.’ The senior Houthi leader criticised, ‘Still if Turkey participates in the Yemen conflict, it will only prove that the Turkish leadership lacks wisdom and foresight. It will be announced to the world that the Turkish leaders are grappled with dilemma and narrow-mindedness.’
Somalia, the African country to the south of Yemen, is currently preparing for general elections. Against this background, reports have been received that Turkey has despatched military vehicles and weapons to Somalia. These weapons and automobiles have reached the Qena port to the south of Yemen. As per the received information, this arms consignment has been sent by Turkey for the rebel group Islah, supported by Saudi Arabia. The Lebanese newspaper had claimed that Turkish mercenaries from Syria have landed in the city of Marib for a conflict against the Houthi rebels.
Meanwhile, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Somalia have not reacted to the Houthi rebels or the Lebanese newspaper report. But two days ago, Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak, Foreign Minister of the Saudi Arabian supported government in Yemen, had welcomed the Turkish efforts to establish peace in Yemen. Against this background, the threat received from the Houthi rebels attracts attention.