DAMASCUS, SYRIA (09:35 PM) – Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Ansarullah resistance movement (also known abroad as the Houthi movement), has condemned the Saudi coalition as well as domestic extortionists for the ongoing gas crisis in Yemen. He did this during a televised speech on Friday, according to a report by Yemen Extra.

The past week has seen a growing shortage of gas, rendering cooking food extremely difficult for many Yemenis. The shortage comes as the national gas company, based in the capital of Sana’a, was damaged as a result of Saudi-led coalition strikes.

Sayyid al-Houthi condemned the coalition for targeting the gas infrastructure of Yemen, but also pointed out the role of some domestic traders, who have taken advantage of the dire situation in order to make extra profit through hoarding and selling of gas. The Ansarullah leader called these traders “unrepentant diabolical vampires”, and promised punishments will be handed out to them.

Al-Houthi concluded by calling for the opening of an official government agency to receive and handle complaints by Yemenis about the illegal activities of gas hoarders and speculators.

Yemen has been under attack by a Saudi-led military coalition since March 2015, which seeks to overthrow the revolutionary government and return former president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to power in the Arab country.

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