Yemen rebel chief vows to 'never surrender'

A Yemeni fighter from the Amalqa ("Giants") Brigades pointing a Kalashnikov assault rifle towards a crossed-out plastered poster of the Shiite Huthi rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi, on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Sanaa, Yemen Nov 07, 2018, 07.22 PM (IST)

Yemen's rebel chief on Wednesday vowed his fighters would never surrender to Saudi-backed pro-government forces, as the two sides battle for control of the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida.

"Does the enemy think that penetrating this or that area, or seizing this or that area, means we will be convinced that we should surrender and hand over control?" Abdulmalik al-Huthi said in a televised address. 

"This is not happening and will not happen ever."