Ready for battle: Sanaa Governor

Sanaa Governor Abdul Qawi Sharif. (Supplied)

The Governor of Sanaa in Yemen says forces loyal to the legitimate regime in the governorate are ready for the liberation battle and that they are awaiting orders from the country’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Abdul Qawi Sharif said clashes over the past couple of days between the coup rebels and two Sanaa tribes, Bani Dibyan and Khoulan, showed that the battle to liberate the capital and its areas has already started.

“We are prepared militarily, tactically and logistically for the Sanaa battle.

“We are awaiting instructions to launch this battle to liberate the governorat.

“We are working closely with the resistance and are now waiting for instructions from President Hadi,” he said, quoted by Yemen’s press.

He said Yemen’s national army and resistance fighters are present in most areas in Sanaa governorate and that they are waiting for “the zero hour”.

Sharif ruled out a political settlement with the Houthis and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“I don’t think there will be a political settlement with these people.

“How do you expect a settlement with people who know only the culture of killing,” he said.

“I believe a solution is possible only when the coup rebels recognise and believe in the legitimate authority, but so far, they believe only in war and fighting.”

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