Yemen's Houthis see Saudi-led coalition states as legitimate targets

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by The Region


Capital cities of Arab states that joined the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni intervention will be considered legitimate targets for strikes by Houthi forces, Daifallah Shami, a member of the Houthis' politburo, told media on Thursday. 

"The more the people of Yemen are being suppressed, [the more] one has a legitimate right to aim strikes at those who cooperate with this aggression ... all the capitals of the coalition countries, which support the aggression, will be legitimate targets in terms of self-defence," Shami said.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai were among potential targets named by Shami. The politburo member stressed that the Saudi-led coalition states should take Houthi statements "seriously."

On November 4, Houthi forces fired a missile on a target in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh managed to shoot down the missile, preventing casualties, and called the missile launch an act of war against the kingdom.

Yemen has been devastated by a violent conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Shiite Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. 

The Saudi-led coalition, comprising Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan (with Qatar withdrawn in June), supporting the government forces, began carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request in March 2015.