The UAE, which is responding, and the Arab coalition with intense air strikes in Yemen, called on the United States to support the reclassification of the Yemeni rebels as a “terrorist organization.”
The spokesman for the Houthi forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a tweet yesterday: “(…) we advise foreign companies in the UAE to leave, because they are investing in an unsafe state as long as the rulers of this state continue to attack our country.”
At a time when Washington reiterated what US President Joe Biden said recently that the re-listing of “Ansar Allah” group on the list of foreign terrorist organizations is “under discussion”, coinciding with the Security Council’s condemnation of the strike in Abu Dhabi, raising the question about the seriousness of these threats. ?
In an interview with Al-Hurra, the Yemeni political analyst, Abdel Nasser Al-Mouda’, answers: “The Ansar Allah group is isolated on the ground, and therefore international positions do not concern it.”
He explained that “the Tehran-backed Houthis are not afraid of being put on the US terror lists, especially as Iran has great experience in evading economic sanctions.”
The administration of former US President Donald Trump included the Houthis on the list of “terrorist” groups in January 2021.
After President Biden took office, he canceled the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist group to allow the continuation of the work of humanitarian organizations in Yemen, and to contribute to a solution that ends the war.
A war is raging in Yemen between government forces and the rebels, who have launched a massive attack and have controlled many areas, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014. The coalition intervened to support government forces in 2015. The conflict has killed more than 377,000 people, according to the United Nations.
According to many humanitarian organizations, 16.2 million people (about half of the population) are food insecure, and nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition.
While the Emirati political analyst, Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, adheres to the importance of condemning the Security Council and international and UN support, in an interview with Al-Hurra, but at the same time he does not rule out “the continued danger of this terrorist group.”
On Friday, members of the UN Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attacks launched in Abu Dhabi” by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, in a statement issued on Friday, unanimously, according to diplomats.
Abdullah added: “The UAE was subjected to a terrorist attack and responded to this attack by targeting Houthi sites with the Arab coalition, but this does not mean that the Houthis will ever be ended.”
The Houthis claimed the attack that targeted Abu Dhabi, on Monday, and killed three people, noting that they used missiles and drones, which is the first confirmed Houthi attack targeting its territory, according to Agence France-Presse.
The Houthis threatened to carry out further attacks, calling on civilians in the UAE to stay away from “vital installations”.
Abdullah stressed that “the group today no longer poses a threat to the UAE and Saudi Arabia only, but also to the rest of the Gulf countries.”
The Houthis have repeatedly launched missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, but they have claimed responsibility for only a few of these attacks on the UAE, most of which have denied.
The UAE ambassador to the United States said, on Wednesday, that the Houthi rebels used cruise and ballistic missiles, in addition to drones, in the attack on Abu Dhabi this week.
And on the extent of the seriousness of the Houthis’ recent threats, Al-Mouda’ believes that this “depends on the military and field developments in Yemen, as the Houthis will not back down from launching strikes inside the UAE if Abu Dhabi’s support for some forces in Shabwa does not stop.”
Close the control Shabwa is strategically important. By seizing the governorate, the forces of the Giants Brigades have cut off supply lines to the Houthis, who are in turn trying to capture the oil-rich city of Marib, east of Sanaa.
On the other hand, Abdullah stresses that “the Houthi threats are not new,” but he adds, “This group has proven that it has significant capabilities and that it can reach its goals, and this is matched by the UAE’s ability and willingness to take these threats into consideration and confront them.”
Step back or step up
Regarding the expected scenarios to end the current escalation, the depositor expects that “the UAE will take a step back, by returning to its previous position regarding the Yemeni file.”
In 2019, the UAE announced that it would reduce its forces in several areas in Yemen as part of a “redeployment” plan for “strategic and tactical” reasons.
“The Emirati escalation means more attacks by the Houthis,” Al-Mouda’ud said.
The Emirati analyst also stresses that “the confrontation is open as long as Iran is the main cause of instability in the region.”
The depositor notes that “the continuation of confrontation and air strikes means that the UAE and the coalition are subjected to more international criticism, especially in light of reports of targeting civilians.”
On Friday, the United States called for a “cessation of escalation” in Yemen, saying that “more than 100 people were killed in recent days,” including at least 70 killed in an air raid on a prison in Saada, according to a statement issued by the US State Department.
The statement quoted Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, as saying that “the United States is very concerned (…) about the escalation in Yemen,” calling on “all parties to the conflict to de-escalate, comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and fully participate in a comprehensive peace process led by the United Nations.” “.
At least seventy people were killed and 138 wounded in a raid on a prison in Saada in northern Yemen, and Houthi rebels accused the Saudi-led military coalition of committing a “crime” in Saada, which is their stronghold.
In a statement on Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes that targeted a prison in Saada.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the “recent air raids of the coalition of aggression on residential areas in Yemen,” in a statement by its spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
He believed that “the continuation of the coalition’s military attacks on Yemen in light of the silence and indifference of the international community, the uncontrolled sale of weapons to the aggressors, and the adoption of a biased approach and double standards in the international community in the face of the brutal aggression against the Yemeni people during seven years, made the way to achieve a just peace in this country more difficulty”.
On the other hand, the Saudi-led Arab coalition denied the circulated reports about the coalition targeting a detention center in the Yemeni governorate of Saada, stressing that these reports are “baseless.”
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the spokesman for the coalition, Turki Al-Maliki, described what was announced by the Houthi “militia” as incorrect allegations, as he put it.
Al-Maliki added that what was marketed by the militia, which he described as an “Iranian-backed terrorist”, reflects its usual deceptive approach.
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