Houthis pose great danger to world, says Yemeni foreign minister

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The Houthi rebel group is a threat to the whole world, the Yemeni foreign minister said on Wednesday, following a drone attack carried out by the militia against the United Arab Emirates this week.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak said The National the international community must act to stop the group.

“The whole world, with the exception of the Tehran regime and its tools, has fully realized the danger of this militia and the extremist ideas and ideologies it represents,” Mr. bin Mubarak said.

[The Houthis’] the danger is not only for Yemen, but for the region and the world

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak

“His danger is not only for Yemen, but for the region and the world.

Houthi militias have launched a drone assault on the Mussaffah ICAD area and a construction site at Abu Dhabi airport.

The attacks, which blew up three tankers, killed two Indians and a Pakistani and injured six others.

Iran-backed rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks and continued to fire missiles at Saudi Arabia.

“These attacks have provided clear and conclusive evidence, in addition to all the crimes that the Houthi militia commits daily against the Yemeni people, that it is a terrorist militia that does not understand the language of dialogue and peace,” bin Mubarak said. noted.

Leaders around the world have condemned the attack and the threat to the security of the United Arab Emirates.

But Mr bin Mubarak said the statements are not “sufficient” to prevent the Houthis from carrying out future attacks.

“On the contrary, clear messages must be sent that the international community will not allow a rogue group to undermine the security of the region and that it will not escape punishment for these crimes,” said Mr. ben Mubarak.

The international community must take a “decision to classify the Houthis as a terrorist group, prevent the flow of Iranian weapons to them, work to support the Yemeni government and the national army to confront them and rid the Yemeni people of their afflictions”. , he added.

Bin Mubarak said the Houthis’ actions pose a grave danger to global energy sources and international shipping lines.

“The international community must take action in this regard.”

Peace in Yemen a distant hope

The United Arab Emirates said drones were the suspected method behind the attack, but an investigation is still ongoing. Explosive drones, or suspected “floating munitions” in this case, are a growing challenge for advanced militaries around the world.

Mr bin Mubarak said that for years his government has welcomed peace initiatives aimed at ending the war in his country, which has been raging since 2014.

“We have made many concessions but the Houthis are proving day after day that they are not worthy of them and that they do not want peace and coexistence,” he said.

UN-led peace efforts have stalled, as has progress in talks in Geneva and Sweden aimed at ending the deadly war.

The rebels, despite their losses on the ground, continued to violate human rights by recruiting children to serve on the front lines of battle, bin Mubarak said.

He added that the rebels blackmailed and intimidated the children’s families to “forcefully recruit and indoctrinate them with sectarian ideologies, in addition to exploiting poverty to mobilize fighters in return for aid”.

Tribal members are also at risk, he said, as they are often detained and forced to fight during the war.

“This represents war crimes against humanity whose perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

If the attacks carried out by the Houthis against Yemenis and the region are not classified as terrorist acts, Mr. bin Mubarak said, then “what is terrorism?

Updated: January 20, 2022, 03:27