Houthis Threaten to Attack Riyadh, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 17 March, 2019 - 06:00 -

Houthis Threaten to Attack Riyadh, Abu Dhabi

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Houthi militants Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters file photo)
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The Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen threatened on Saturday to launch attacks against Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, claiming they have the necessary arsenal to carry out such assaults.

"We have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities and military bases of the enemy," Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said in comments carried by the rebels' Al-Masirah channel.

"The legitimate targets of our forces extend to the capital of Saudi Arabia and to the emirate of Abu Dhabi," capital of the UAE, he said.

"We have manufactured advanced generations of attack aircraft, and new systems will soon be functional."

The militias also admitted to launching 17 terrorist attacks in the Red Sea during four years.

They vowed to continue the developments of offensive capabilities to launch attacks in the Red Sea and Yemen’s coast, demonstrating their lack of commitment to withdraw from the port city of Hodeidah as stipulated in the Sweden deal reached in December.

Boasting of their military “achievements”, the Houthis said that they carried out 164 drone attacks and over 1,300 surveillance operations.

Military observers and international reports say that Iran smuggled the parts of hundreds of drones to the Houthis. Iranian experts and others from the Lebanese Hezbollah party then assisted them in putting them together.

Saturday’s threat came as the United Nations was trying to salvage the December truce deal, seen as crucial to diplomatic efforts to end the country's four-year war.

The militias are preparing to commemorate the fourth anniversary of their coup in Yemen. They are seeking to take advantage of the occasion to recruit new members.