After the Houthis bombed the UAE, the coalition announces the start of a military operation against targets in Sana’a, and US forces in Al Dhafra are on high alert
The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced the start of a military operation against what it described as legitimate targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, while the US Department of Defense said that its forces at Al Dhafra base in the UAE entered a state of high alert and took shelter in shelters.
The coalition added that the operation came in response to the threat and the military necessity to protect civilians from hostile attacks, as it described it.
Earlier, the coalition announced that it would respond to another attack that targeted the industrial area in the “Ahad Al Masarha” area in Jizan (southern Saudi Arabia) with a ballistic missile.
A statement by the coalition said that a resident of Bengali nationality and another of Sudanese nationality were wounded in the attack – which he described as brutal – on the “Ahad Al Masarha” area in Jizan.
He added that this is the third ballistic missile attack on the industrial area, targeting civilians of different nationalities.
On the other hand, local Yemeni sources said that the coalition launched 4 raids on the Arhab and Sanhan districts, north and south of the capital.
The Houthis announced, for the second time in a row, within a few days, that they had targeted sites in the Emirati capital with missiles, including the Al Dhafra air base, while the UAE responded by announcing the destruction of the missile launcher in the Yemeni governorate of Al-Jawf, while Saudi Arabia condemned the attack and called for international action against the Houthi group.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has strongly condemned the targeting by what it described as the terrorist Houthi militia of civilian areas and facilities in the UAE, with two ballistic missiles, and stressed that what it called the vicious targeting will not go unanswered.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the UAE reserves the right to respond to what it said were terrorist attacks and a vicious criminal escalation.
It called on the international community to condemn and completely reject these terrorist acts that target civilians and civilian facilities.
And earlier – yesterday – Monday – the UAE Ministry of Defense said that its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi group towards the UAE, while the Saudi defenses destroyed a ballistic missile fired towards Dhahran Al-Janoub in the Asir region (southern of the Kingdom).
The UAE Ministry also confirmed that the attack did not result in any human losses and that it is ready and ready to deal with any threat, and indicated that it is taking the necessary measures to protect the country from all attacks. She also called on the public to obtain all news from the official authorities in the country, as she put it.
For his part, the former advisor to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Salem Al-Yami, said that the Houthis want their escalation to intimidate the UAE, and this will not happen, as he put it. Al-Yami also said, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, that Saudi Arabia, in turn, is able to deter what he called the Houthi aggression.
On the other hand, Ali Al-Qahoum, a member of the Political Bureau of the Ansar Allah Al-Houthi group, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that their targeting of the UAE will stop if it leaves Yemen, and stop what he described as its divisive projects, as he put it.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said that they targeted sensitive sites in the UAE, including Al Dhafra Air Base, and sites in Saudi Arabia as well.
Saree explained – in a televised statement – that his group targeted Al Dhafra Air Base (south of the capital Abu Dhabi) and other sites in the Dubai region, according to him.
The Houthi military spokesman warned foreign companies in the UAE and advised them to leave because it had become an unsafe country, as he put it.
He also revealed the targeting of vital and sensitive sites in Jazan and Asir (southern Saudi Arabia), and announced the targeting of military bases in the Saudi depth in the Sharurah region (southern of the Kingdom), and confirmed the Houthis’ readiness to expand their operations in the next stage.
American positions and statements
The Associated Press quoted the US Air Force Command at Al Dhafra base as saying that it had dealt with the threats of the Abu Dhabi attack, and that its forces had entered a state of high alert and took shelter in shelters at the base during the attack.
And the US Central Command confirmed, in a statement, that the Patriot missile system at the base intercepted two ballistic missiles at dawn on Monday, adding that the interception of the two missiles took place in conjunction with the efforts of the UAE forces and that the base was not affected.
The statement stressed that the US forces in “Al Dhafra” are on alert and ready to respond in the event of any further attacks. He also revealed the presence of about two thousand American soldiers and employees at the base.
The White House said that the US National Security Adviser met the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss the Houthi attacks.
In a related context, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the administration of President Joe Biden will discuss the possibility that the attack on the Al Dhafra base targets American forces, and that it takes this seriously.
Kirby added, in a press conference, that the administration of the president cannot talk specifically about the goal of this attack, but it must assume that there is a threat to its forces and that Washington will coordinate closely with its Emirati partners, and will continue to assess what happened.
In turn, State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference in Washington that his country will continue to hold those behind this behavior accountable, and to prosecute those involved in military attacks that threaten the security and safety of civilians and regional stability.
“We have imposed sanctions on key Houthi leaders in recent months and will continue to use all the means at our disposal to hold the Houthis behind these attacks accountable, and we will not hesitate to name Houthi leaders and entities involved in military attacks that threaten civilian safety and regional stability and prolong the conflict, and who commit humanitarian crimes,” he added. They violate human rights and exacerbate the most serious humanitarian crisis on earth.”
Data for the “Flight Radar” website – which specializes in air navigation – showed a temporary disruption in the landing and take-off of aircraft at Abu Dhabi Airport from 3:20 to 4:30 a.m. Monday Mecca time.
The disturbances in the navigation movement at Abu Dhabi International Airport coincided with the UAE air defenses intercepting ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis towards the capital.