The UAE is in the line of the Houthis… What are the possible responses?
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Political analyst Nidal Al-Saba said that the “terrorist” attack launched by the Houthis on Abu Dhabi Airport came in response to the advance of Yemeni forces and UAE-backed armed formations in Shabwa and Marib.
In his speech to an episode of “Beyond the News” program (17/2022), he suggested that the attack was carried out with Iranian approval, evidenced by the presence of Houthi spokesman Muhammad Abdul Salam in Tehran, and that he blessed this attack from there, indicating that the attack Al-Houthi did not target Abu Dhabi’s main airport, but rather an airport under construction.
He added that Iran presented 3 messages during the past days, the first is the peace initiative on Yemen, which it announced a few days ago, and the second is the initiative with Saudi Arabia, which was announced yesterday. And the third attack today against the Emirates, which is the closest message to the Iranian approach in the region, he said.
The Houthis had announced that they would reveal the details of what their group described as the details of a qualitative military operation against targets deep in the UAE. This coincided with the UAE authorities’ announcement of the death of people and the injury of others in drone attacks targeting fuel tanks in the Musaffah area, and a fire in the new construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which navigational data showed a disruption in the movement of aircraft coming to it.
On the other hand, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information affiliated with the Houthis, Nasr Al-Din Amer, said that the attack on the UAE came in response to its occupation of two districts in Shabwa, and “we have set red lines for them, but they crossed these lines, and the response must be answered,” stressing at the same time that they are determined to wrest security from the Emirates as they were seized. Peace from Yemen, he said.
He added that the Houthis no longer have anything to lose in exchange for the countries attacking Yemen, including the UAE, and the Houthi leader alluded to the Dubai Expo and the UAE ports, indicating that they would be able to bomb them if the UAE escalated its strike in Yemen in response to their bombing of Abu Dhabi today.
In turn, the military and strategic expert Fayez Al-Duwairi said that the Houthis lost many lands and equipment in Shabwa and Marib, so they played new cards in an attempt to stop this progress on the ground by the forces invited by the UAE, in addition to the Yemeni army supported by the Saudi-Emirati coalition.
He added that Al-Houthi, after hacking the Emirati Rawabi ship off the coast of Hodeidah, could not stop the UAE, so he decided to take the new step today by bombing Abu Dhabi via suicide drones, and the Houthis’ planes can technically reach from Sanaa to Abu Dhabi.