US senators issue scathing remarks on Houthi militia

US senators issue scathing remarks on Houthi militia
Yemeni fighters leave after clashes with Houthi rebels on the Kassara front line near Marib, Yemen, June 20, 2021. (AP/File)

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DUBAI: US senators blasted Iran’s backing of the Houthi militia on Wednesday in the wake of the group’s military losses in Shabwa and Marib.

In a statement to Al-Arabiya, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, labeled the Houthi militia as Iranian agents that destabilize the region, adding that it targets Saudi Arabia and its civilians.

“As long as the Houthis remain a proxy force for the Iranians, we will face a problem,” he said.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said Iran was the root of evil in the Middle East.

“The world should alert Iran that its subversive behavior must stop,” he said, adding that Tehran was looking for chaos.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson echoed his statement, telling Al Arabiya: “We would love to see peace in Yemen, but Iran is not helping.”

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, labeled the situation in Yemen as “tragic” while calling for an increase in humanitarian aid.

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