Yemeni rebel leader vows escalation if reforms stall
SANAA, Yemen (AP):
The leader of the Shiite rebels who control Yemen's capital and seized the presidential palace yesterday warned of a further escalation if President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi stands in the way of political reform.
In a lengthy speech aired by the group's TV network, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said "all options are open" and that escalation "has no ceiling" if the president does not "speed up" implementation of a UN-brokered peace deal.
That deal would grant the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, greater power and shake up a committee tasked with drafting a new constitution.
Houthi also voiced defiance to the UN Security Council, which held a closed-door meeting on the Yemeni crisis yesterday, saying "any measure you take to force this country to succumb ... will not benefit you".