In a statement on Monday, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said the Saudi-led coalition has stepped up the bombing of Yemen’s western port city of Hudaydah in recent days in a bid to deflect attention from the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
Despite deceitful US calls for an end to the war on Yemen, the coalition has started an extensive bombing campaign against Hudaydah residential areas, he added.
Saudi Arabia and its allies started invading Yemen in March 2015 to restore power to its former Riyadh-friendly officials.
According to Yemen’s Health Ministry, more than 15,000 have died since the onset of the warfare. This is while various reports put the death toll far higher, saying a Saudi-enforced media blackout has prevented proper investigation into the number of the fatalities.
The war has maimed the impoverished country’s infrastructure, including health facilities.
The world has reacted angrily to Saudi Arabia’s murder of Khashoggi -- a Saudi writer, US resident, and Washington Post columnist -- amid weeks of repeated denials from Saudi authorities that the kingdom had nothing to do with his disappearance.
Khashoggi, living in exile in the US, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, but he did not leave the building.
Saudi officials originally insisted that Khashoggi had left the diplomatic mission after his paperwork was finished, but finally admitted that he had in fact been killed inside the building.
Several countries, including European ones, Turkey and the US, a major ally of Riyadh, have called for clarifications on the journalist’s murder.