Ansarullah Warns UAE: Either Leave Yemen or Face Crippling Attacks
By Staff, Agencies
Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement warned the United Arab Emirates to leave the war-wracked country or face "crippling attacks" on "their own soil".
Abdul Wahab al-Mahbashi, member of Ansarullah Supreme Political Council, warned the UAE that Yemeni forces will wage destructive attacks on the Gulf country if it continues taking part in the Saudi war on Yemen.
Meanwhile, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, another Supreme Political Council member, called for the UAE to "quit escalating tensions", noting that "the opportunity given to Abu Dhabi is limited."
Al-Bukhaiti urged the Emirati forces to withdraw from "the country's western coast and its southern provinces".
He added that the UAE is seeking to gain influence in Taiz Province.
"A number of Emirati mercenaries have left for Taiz from the A'sab base in Eritrea in a bid to obtain military advances following completion of their training," he said.
Al-Bukhaiti said that any escalation on behalf of enemy forces will be met with an "extensive" response from Yemen, adding that the enemy's use of non-military ships and ports endangers maritime security.
The Yemeni officials' stern warnings for the UAE come nearly two weeks after Yemeni resistance attacked the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, inflicting substantial damage on Aramco’s Khurais and Abqaiq plants.
The raid shut down about 50 percent of the kingdom’s crude and gas production, cutting the state oil giant’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day.
The attack, which also cut five percent of the world's oil supply, pushed the typically ignored four-year-long Saudi-led aggression in Yemen into the center stage of international headlines.
The stepped-up Yemeni retaliatory strikes come as the UAE has announced the gradual withdrawal of its troops from the Saudi-led conflict, largely because Abu Dhabi believes the war appears to have become "unwinnable", according to US reports.
The UAE appears more interested in reinforcing its grip over southern Yemen than achieving the Saudi objective of installing a pro-Saudi government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.
Yemeni officials, nonetheless, have warned on numerous occasions that a failure by the UAE to fully implement its withdrawal will be met with retaliatory measures.