Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels threaten Saudi, UAE ports and airports

Followers of the Houthi movement attend a gathering to show support to the movement in Sanaa
Followers of the Houthi movement attend a gathering to show support to the movement in Sanaa. The Houthi flag reads : “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels on Tuesday threatened retaliation against the ports and airports of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which this week closed the Yemeni land, sea and air borders.

“All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be a direct target of our weapons, which is a legitimate right,” read a statement released by the rebels’ political office.

Allied with Yemen’s government, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been battling the Houthis on Yemeni land since 2015.

The Houthi’s statement comes the day after the coalition announced it had closed all of Yemen’s borders, after Saudi forces intercepted a ballistic missile headed for the kingdom’s international airport in Riyadh.

The Houthis have claimed the missile attack, but Saudi Arabia blamed Iran and accused its proxy Hezbollah of firing the missile

 

AFP