A senior official from Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should brace for more stinging retaliatory strikes from Yemeni armed forces and their allies if Abu Dhabi does not end its involvement in the atrocious military aggression against the conflict-stricken Arab country.
“The UAE should expect more painful attacks if it does not stop attacking Yemen,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, told Qatari Al Jazeera television news network on Monday.
His remarks came shortly after Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, carried out retaliatory airstrikes against strategic facilities deep inside the UAE, apparently using domestically-manufactured combat drones.
Abu Dhabi police, in a statement published on the official Emirates News Agency WAM, said three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area, near storage facilities of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and that a fire had also broken out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
At least three people have been killed and six others wounded in the suspected drone attack, according to Emirati authorities.
Police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded, whom it said suffered minor or moderate wounds.
Meanwhile, Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Yemeni troops had launched a military operation “deep inside the UAE.”
He added that more details about the qualitative military operation would be announced in the coming hours.
Additionally, the spokesman for Ansarullah movement, Mohammed Abdulsalam, warned Abu Dhabi against severe repercussions should it maintain its acts of sabotage in Yemen.
“A tiny state in the region, which goes to great lengths to serve the United States and Israel, has claimed that it had kept a fair distance from Yemen. The allegations, however, have proven otherwise,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
Abdulsalam added, “Abu Dhabi is recommended to give up its futile actions in Yemen; otherwise its hands and those of its mercenaries will be cut off from the country.”
Yemeni Information Minister Dhaifullah al-Shami also reacted to the retaliatory attacks against the UAE, stating that the message of punishment has been well conveyed to Emirati officials.
“The propagandists and organizations that bank on assets from Persian Gulf states, such as the United Nations and Security Council, will now start issuing condemnations and commiserations. Neither the cawing of crows nor the buzzing of flies would disturb us,” Shamni pointed out.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.