We Will Continue until we Achieve a Decisive Victory

  • 7 September 2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), has said: “The martyrdom of a number of our sons increases our determination, resolve, and strength,” and: “Our heroic armed forces in the battlefield are more resolved and determined to liberate Yemen and flush out the scum after the tragic incident.” These confident assurances come at a time when the valiant servicemen of United Arab Emirates are committing great acts of heroism by destroying the strongholds and burrows of the rogue Houthi and Saleh militias and showering them with fire in Marib, Taiz, Sana’a, Saada, and wherever they are gathered.

Yes, after the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan that victory is at hand, and that the UAE will remain committed to the Arab Coalition alongside Saudi Arabia to defend Yemen and the region until security, stability and peace are restored, we say that—God willing—the Houthis, Saleh’s mercenaries, and other suspects will face the prowess of our heroic soldiers, which will hasten their end, foil their chaotic and destructive project, and put an end to their heinous crimes against children, women and elderly in Yemen’s populous cities and neighborhoods.

United Nations reports have estimated that, by August19, the number of victims of the war waged against the Yemeni people by Saleh and the Houthis reached the “thousands”, with about 23,500 injured. They also confirmed that famine has worsened; 500,000 children are acutely malnourished, and nearly 13 million people are facing severe food insecurity, of whom six million are facing a “state of emergency”, as they are unable to meet their daily requirements for sustenance and suffer extremely high and growing malnutrition rates. There are, in addition, nearly a million and a half million internally displaced people, and a quarter million displaced abroad. These alarming figures result from the stupidity of the Houthis and Saleh, and their disregard for the rights of defenseless people, after they put themselves in the service of a suspicious sectarian agenda intended to spread chaos, destruction and terrorism in parts of Yemen, as a prelude to erasing it from the map of the region, then wreaking havoc across the Arabian Peninsula and the whole region.

Lessons learnt from history confirm that the rights of people do not fall off with the passage of time. The crimes committed by the Houthis and Saleh against children, women and the elderly of Yemen will hasten the day on which they will be referred by the international community, including all UN, legal and humanitarian bodies, to international criminal tribunals to receive their deserved punishment. In this context, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the United Nations, represented by the UN Security Council, all bear the humanitarian responsibilities, and are called at the same time to hold the Houthi and Saleh militia war criminals to account under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and refer them to the International Criminal Court.

As for the United Arab Emirates in the Saudi-led coalition, as expressed the day before yesterday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, President of the brotherly Republic of Yemen, the UAE will remain committed to defending Yemen and the region until security, stability and peace are restored to brotherly Yemen, as “the UAE is committed to its inherent approach of extending a helping hand to support Arab issues and safeguard national, GCC, and Arab security.” His Highness also stressed that “our people are well-known for neither forgetting nor postponing their revenge” and that “the martyrdom of a number of our sons increases our determination, resolve and strength until security and humanitarian objectives are restored to the region.”

Yes, the day on which the gallant Arab coalition forces will announce the good news that our soldiers bravely and honorably fighting against the Houthi and the mercenary Saleh militias are victorious is near—God willing.