Sanaa/Tehran, Jan 18 (UNI) Saudi fighter jets bombed the Yemeni parliament building and a military academy in Sanaa early Tuesday morning in retaliation for the Houthi drone attack on the Adnoc tanker area in Abu Dhabi yesterday during which three people, including two Indians, were killed.
The Saudi coalition announced on Monday the start of multiple airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, and continued its bombardments throughout the night.
Saudi fighter jets attacked the Al-Libi neighborhood northwest of the Yemeni capital, destroying five residential buildings and damaging dozens of nearby homes. Twenty-three people were killed, including women and children, and some people are still trapped under the rubble, according to reports.
The attacks came after Houthi rebels said on Monday they struck areas deep inside the United Arab Emirates with 20 drones and 10 ballistic missiles.
The three tankers had exploded in a drone attack in al-Musaffah district in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. The explosion was followed by a large fire in the al-Muṣaffah area and parts of Abu Dhabi airport. Three people – two Indians and a Pakistani national – were killed and 6 others were injured.
The attack came days after Houthi leader Mohamed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, warned the UAE not to continue its ‘aggressive moves’ in southern Yemen or they would be caught targeted deep within its territories by the Yemenis.
The Saudi-led coalition claimed that the launch of airstrikes in Sanaa is “in response to the threat and is dedicated to military necessity”, adding that “the situation on the ground requires continued strikes in response to the threatens”.
On Monday evening, Houthi military general Brigadier General Yahya Saree warned the United Arab Emirates that it would not be safe if it continued its escalation against Yemen.
The Yemeni parties of the Joint Meeting of the Houthis have vowed that their “operation will not be the last if the aggression continues”. The parties said the price the UAE is paying “confirms that any country that targets Yemen, violates its sovereignty and independence, and occupies its islands will not be immune from targeting.”
Al-Mayadeen news site, citing sources, said a United Arab Emirates military plane was attacked Monday morning at Ataq airport in Shabwa, southeast Yemen.
The Houthi attack came after what Yemenis see as the UAE playing a pivotal role in deploying forces from southern Yemen to Shabwa governorate. Abu Dhabi has also stepped up military activities in support of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, angering Sanaa forces who say they seized a UAE-flagged ship off the port of Hudaydah , in western Yemen. The seized vessel, named Rawabi, was carrying military equipment, according to images of the vessel provided by Sanaa. Seven Indian sailors are being held captive aboard the ship, in addition to four others from other countries. India has urged the Houthis to release Indian sailors.
While the UAE has sought to distance itself from the war in Yemen, Yemenis see “a direct role of the Emirates in developments in Shabwa and elsewhere in Yemen”, according to media reports.
Mohammad Abdulsalam, the official spokesman for Ansarallah and head of the Sanaa delegation for the peace talks, warned that the UAE’s “hand will be cut off” if they continue to interfere in Yemen.
“A small state in the region desperate to serve America and Israel had claimed that it had walked away from Yemen, but recently it was exposed, contrary to what it claimed,” Abdulsalam said on his channel on Telegram messaging app.
He said if the UAE refused to stop interfering in Yemen, their hands would be cut off.
Yemeni officials signaled that Monday’s military attack on the United Arab Emirates sent a punitive message to them.
“The punitive message that was meant to reach the Emirates and its dwarfs has arrived,” Dhaif Allah Alshami, senior Houthi leader and Yemen’s information minister, said on Twitter.