Houthi Militia Caution That They Might Target Riyadh, Abu Dhabi

March 18, 2019

On Saturday, Yemen’s Houthi rebels cautioned that they could start assaults against the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who headed a military coalition against them.

The warning came as the United Nations was trying to save a truce pact in Yemen, seen as important to strategic attempts to finish the nation’s four-year long war.

Houthi militia spokesman Yahya Saree in a news channel operated by them stated that they have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities and military bases of the enemy. The rightful targets of their forces expand to the capital of Saudi Arabia and to the emirate of Abu Dhabi the UAE’s capital.

They have manufactured advanced generations of attack aircraft, and new systems will soon be operational.

The Iran-affiliated Houthi militia have targeted Saudi border towns and Riyadh with ballistic missiles and also asserted drone attacks on the airports of Abu Dhabi and Dubai during the course of the battle.

Saudi Arabia has stated the missiles were all stopped by its air force, with one civilian reportedly killed by falling shrapnel, while the UAE has refuted the supposed drone attacks. Saudi Arabia and its military allies joined the Yemeni government’s fight against the Iran-affiliated Houthis in March 2015.

On Wednesday the UN Security Council met to discuss the halted truce pact that had been reached on Sweden in December between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.

The deal, which called for a truce, militia withdrawal and mutual redeployment from Hodeida, Yemen’s lifeline Red Sea port supervised by the Houthis offered the best hope in years of moving toward a finish to the conflict.

While the battle in Hodeida has reduced, re-stationing endeavours have stopped in past weeks. On Wednesday, UN envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that he was still working to make the re-stationing of troops a “reality”.

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