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A boy carries buckets to fill with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water, on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Aden–Yemen’s Information Minister Moammer Al-Iryani said on Tuesday that Houthi rebels were incurring major military and economic losses, as they currently occupy only 20 percent of the country’s territories, against 80 percent of areas under government control.

In exclusive remarks to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Iryani said that, over the past two years, the legitimate government and coalition states have been giving great attention to the humanitarian and living conditions of the Yemeni population.

The Yemeni minister added that citizens will never forgive the militias and those who stand behind atrocities incurred by Yemen due to some officials’ “greed and ambition to control the country’s wealth and exclude the others.”

Iryani went on to say that the rebellion has led to wide social and psychological fractures that cannot be healed in the short term.

The Yemeni minister added that moving the Central Bank from the capital Sana’a to Aden has weakened Houthis’ power in the country.

Commenting on Iran’s interference in Yemeni internal affairs, Iryani asked: “What is Iran doing today with regards to the Yemeni people’s sufferings?”

On the other hand, the Yemeni official lauded the support provided by Saudi Arabia, Gulf States and the international community to the war-stricken population.

“Brothers and friends are those who send us medicine and food to cover the needs of a population squashed by corruption and rebellion; brothers and friends are not those who send explosives and weapons of all types,” the minister said.

Iryani reiterated his government’s commitment to support its people, noting that the insurgency would not live long, and that the government would soon regain control over Sana’a.