Operation Decisive Storm a crucial moment: Yemen

Yemen's Army Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Ali Al Maqdeshi, today said Operation Decisive Storm, launched last year by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen, represents a crucial moment in the history of Yemen, the Arab Nation and the Islamic Nation because it foiled a plot to destroy Yemen and divided the two nations.

Speaking at a rally staged in Ma'rib Governorate to mark the first anniversary of the Coalition's operation, he said the military operation was launched as a response to a group of aggressors who chose to withdraw from the national consensus and destroy the state institutions.

"The alliance of the rebel Houthi and the now-deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh aims to destroy the country and people and occupy, loot and destroy all state institutions, banks and houses and blow up mosques. However, thanks to the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and upon a request from Yemen's legitimate government, the Arab Coalition has restored legitimacy and thwarted the Persian plot," Al Maqdeshi was quoted by the state Yemen News Agency as saying.

The army and security forces are the possession of the Yemeni people who will celebrate also in Sana'a, Aden, Taiz and all other Yemeni governorates, he said.