The Saudi-led coalition, in coordination with forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates, has been fighting Houthi militants in Yemen. In this 3-year war timeline, both sides have caused substantial damage to each other. However, in its recent attacks led against the two gulf nations, the militant group has raised serious questions over the gulf nation’s security system. However, what’s more distressing is the fact that a retaliation from the UAE-led ground forces in Yemen is expected, considering the continued supply of weapons it is receiving from the United Kingdom. And as a result of this response from UAE, not only would the Houthis be impacted, but it will have a severe effect on the Yemeni civilians who are continuously slipping into a pit of falling humanitarian conditions.
The forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates have been engaged in war with the Houthis with the arms deal extended by Western nations, especially the U.S. and U.K.. While a majority of arms contributors involved in supplying weapons to the gulf nation suspended their contracts, following the aggravating humanitarian conditions of Yemen and consistently rising death toll, UK didn’t, which has led to the nation attracting worldwide criticism.
Moreover, the recent developments by the Houthis have made it apparent that the UAE might be needing UK’s arms support for a bit more longer. The coalition, led by UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed and Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman, has reeled in everyone from the UK government to make a lucrative deal with, such as the multimillion deal with BAESystems. Right from the former to the current UK Prime Ministers, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Theresa May, all have shown equal involvement in the weapons trade, showing no remorse over the humanitarian crisis they have equally led in Yemen.
Earlier this week, the Houthi militants claimed to have led two of their most significant attacks on the Saudi-led coalition. One was confirmed by Saudi Arabian government where two of its oil tankers were hit by the Houthis, leading to the halt of further shipments from traveling. Meanwhile, the second attack, which still remains unverified, was carried out on the Abu Dhabi airport using a Sammad-3 drone, as per houthi-run media. Though, the airport’s official Twitter handle confirmed a suspicious incident taking place, but also that it didn’t cause any sort of disruption in services.
The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation condemned the Houthi militants for their attack on Saudi oil tankers because its aftermath included a slight drop in the gulf nation’s stock market. It also expressed fury over the attack by stating, “This cowardly attack mirrors the negative and dangerous role played by Iran in support of these coup militias and [support for] their hostile practices through providing Al Houthi terrorists with weapons, equipment and ballistic missiles that threaten peace and security in the region.”
The statement from the UAE was enough to determine its intense hostility towards the militant group, making it apparent that the Emiratis were planning on a bigger comeback against the menace of the militias.