"We have intelligence asserting that the enemy is preparing for an escalation in Hodeidah and we are following their movements closely. Our forces stand ready for any requested and adequate measure," colonel Yahya Sarea, a spokesman of the Houthi forces, was quoted as saying by the group-controlled state news agency SABA late on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Houthi rebel movement in Yemen has threatened to launch missiles targeting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In comments carried by Saba news agency, Brigadier General Sharaf Ghaleb Loqman said on Friday that "Abu Dhabi is no longer safe after today". Loqman also warned investors in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to take his remarks seriously. The statement comes amid reported advances by UAE-backed forces on the crucial port city of Hodeidah in western Yemen. The Houthi movement would effectively be under a land, sea and air blockade if they lose control of the Hodeidah, the country's third-largest city.
ADEN – Thousands of Yemenis marched in Aden on Thursday in support of the United Arab Emirates, which assists separatists who seized the southern city from the Saudi-backed government in a power struggle that has opened a new front in Yemen's war. The rally took place as Saudi Arabia, leader of an Arab coalition battling Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis, hosts indirect talks between the two sides to end a standoff that has strained Riyadh's alliance with its main regional partner, the UAE. UAE-backed separatist fighters are part of the coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to try to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that was ousted from power by the Houthis in the capital Sanaa in late 2014. But the separatists seek self-rule in the south and turned on the government in early August and captured Aden, its interim base. Southern fighters have clashed with government forces elsewhere in the south as they tried to extend their reach.
Yemen's Houthi rebels say they have carried out an attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after authorities in the Gulf state reported two fires in the capital, Abu Dhabi, that were possibly caused by drones. Abu Dhabi police said three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC and that a fire broke out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport. "Initial investigations found parts of a small plane that could possibly be a drone at both sites that could have caused the explosion and the fire," the police said in a statement on state news agency WAM. There was no "significant damage" from the incidents and a full investigation has been launched, the statement added. Meanwhile, the military spokesman of the Houthis, who are battling a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and including the UAE, said the group had launched a military operation "deep in the UAE".