In the previous 24 hours, Arab Coalition operations in Marib against the Iran-backed Houthis have killed more than 40 “terrorists” and damaged five military vehicles, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
It is one of eight targeted attacks carried out by the coalition at a time when tensions with Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis are increasing.
On the request of the UAE, permanent members of the Arab League are set to convene an emergency meeting of the council to consider the recent assault in Abu Dhabi.
The Houthi militia attack, supported by Iran, has sparked global outrage, with over 114 international organizations and nations issuing statements denouncing the attack.
Dr. Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s diplomatic adviser to the country’s president, is one of several local authorities speaking with world representatives to find a solution to the Iran-backed Houthi conflict.
During a phone chat with Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Gargash stated that the UAE had a “legal and moral right” to protect itself against terrorist activities committed by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia.
On Saturday, the UAE official met with US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking, who stressed the need for “proper international pressure” to assist establish a ceasefire deal and find a political solution to Yemen’s crisis.
Throughout 2021, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have conducted scores of cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia.
In September 2021, the Houthis stepped up their efforts to seize Marib, the regional capital and the government’s final northern stronghold.
With explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles, the Iran-backed militia often attack residential areas and energy sites in the Kingdom.
In recent months, the Arab Coalition has carried out operations against legitimate military Houthi targets in Yemen, advising civilians not to approach or assemble around the targeted areas beforehand.
The coalition further emphasized that the operations will be carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law.