UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Yemen’s al-Houthi group said it was beefing up its missile capabilities and its forces were ready to attack Riyadh and Abu Dhabi in case of a UN-brokered peace deal in the coastal city of Hodeidah.
Brigadier Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthi forces, said the group had “stockpiles of missiles” and could bomb Saudi Arabia and the UAE at a time set by the military command. The two Gulf states are leading an alliance supporting the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“Intelligence confirms that there are hostile intentions within the military escalation of the enemy in Hodeidah and there is careful monitoring of the enemy’s movements and the army will take all necessary and appropriate measures,” the Houthi news agency Saba said.
The nature of the conflict, widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival, Iran, makes ballistic missiles and marines “strategic options” and the only response to air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.
The Houthis accuse the Houthis of violating the agreement signed in Stockholm in December because they did not withdraw from the port of Hodeidah, the first step in the peace plan. The Houthis say they want more guarantees from the United Nations that the other side will not take advantage of their withdrawal.
The two sides agreed to a cease-fire, the withdrawal of troops from Hodeidah, the exchange of prisoners and the reopening of a humanitarian corridor to help millions of Yemenis facing severe food shortages and the task of supervising international observers.
The ceasefire in Hodeidah has largely stood, but violence has escalated elsewhere in Yemen. Ten women and 12 children were killed and 30 wounded in air strikes on a village in the northern province of Lahj last week.
Tens of thousands of people have died in the Yemeni conflict since the coalition intervened in March in support of Haidi, whose Houthis ousted his government from the capital Sanaa in late 2014.
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