On Wednesday, the rebels of the Houthis, who seized power in northern Yemen, threatened to attack the largest cities in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, after a massive drone strike oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
“We are announcing for the first time that there are dozens of sites in our list of targets in the United Arab Emirates, including in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which could be attacked at any suitable time,” Houthi forces spokesman Gen. Yahya Saria said in a statement broadcast by International Media.
He said the Houthis have new drones, powered by “normal and jet engines” that can reach targets deep in Saudi Arabia.
Last Saturday, Saudi Arabia was forced to shut down two Saudi Aramco oil facilities, namely Abqaiq and Khurais, after a drone attack claimed by the Houthis. The incident led to a cut in oil production totaling 5.7 million barrels per day about half of Saudi Arabia’s daily oil output.
Although the responsibility was claimed by the Houthis, the United States has accused Iran. Tehran refuted the accusations, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the attack “is just a warning” against those who started the war in Yemen.
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