Yemen’s Houthi Caution about More Drone Attacks in near Future
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have intimidated to initiate more drone assaults, after it carried out a successful deadly strike during a Yemeni military government parade last week. The drone attack killed as well as injured many people.
However, the assault not only generated tension among the fighting parties but also puts the endeavor of the UN to orchestrate peace in the region at peril.
The Iranian-aligned Houthi group even warned on Sunday that it is going to carry out more deadly attacks. A Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea stated that Thursday’s drone attack on a military base in Lahaj province that killed many people, was a rightful exercise against aggression. He stated that the Houthi rebels are forming a cache of locally manufactured drones. Very soon they would be having enough stocks in their arsenal to carry out more than one drone operation in different battle fronts at the same time.
The assault on the military parade came at a point when the UN is trying its level best to progress with the peace talks that is taking place between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis. At the same time, the Britain was trying to push and look for an upgraded mandate for the UN mission who is supervising the truce in the port city of Hodeidah, regardless of the allegation by the Saudi-supported Yemeni government that the Houthis were not enforcing the agreement that was reached between the two parties in Stockholm.
Thurday’s drone attack killed Yemeni intelligence chief, Brig General Saleh Tamah. The assault happened not within the periphery of the truce zone. However, the US criticized it as it violated the spirit of the Stockholm accord.
The new directive would be giving the UN mission, supervised by the retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, greated powers to observe the assent of the parties to the truce in Hodeidah governorate, and the mutual re-stationing of forces from Hodeidah, and the ports of Salif and Ras Isa.
In another move, Houthi negotiators avoided a meeting of the UN’s ceasefire monitoring body, the Redeployment Coordination Committee, stating that the UN special envoy was using the committee to seek other agendas.