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  Updated: August 30, 2009

'Saudi, al-Qaeda helping Yemen fight Shiite'

By: Sultan Ahmed

SAADA, Yemen: Saudi Arabia and terror organization al-Qaeda are helping the Yemeni government in its crackdown on Shiite, according to a dissident Yemeni lawmaker.

"In recent months [Yemeni President] Ali Abdullah Saleh has taken many recruits of al-Qaeda who were afraid of falling into the hands of their regimes in countries like Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. His plan was to use these fighters from al-Qaeda to battle the Houthis in Saada," Yahya al-Houthi told Press TV on Saturday August 29.

He said Saudi Arabia also supported the Yemeni government because the Yemeni government "is meeting all Saudi demands especially those related to terrorism."

The Yemeni lawmaker claimed that Saudi Arabia wants Ali Abdullah Salih in power otherwise "many secrets" might be revealed.

"Yemen is now a main party in carrying out terrorist plots sponsored by Saudi Arabia," al-Houthi said.

According the Yemeni dissident, Saudi Arabia is propagating Wahhabi ideology in Yemen and the country is used as a base for Al-Qaeda operatives.

He said a training camp had also been set up for al-Qaeda members in the Waila region.

"The area's of Malahit and Hasana which the Houthis have taken control over were also area's where weapons were transferred from Saudi Arabia to the terrorists," the lawmaker said.

Earlier, Yemeni Shia fighters, claimed that several Saudi warplanes bombed districts in the rugged mountainous Saada province, near the Saudi border on Thursday August 27.

"Saudi military aircraft executed several sorties on Thursday morning over the area of Malaheez and bombed the area before returning to Saudi Arabia," the Shia fighters said in a statement on Thursday.

"We consider this action a flagrant intervention in Yemeni affairs ... It is a continuation of the Saudi interference in the conflict, which has now got to the point of attacking Yemen (territory) directly," the statement added.

Yemen dismissed the allegation.   

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