On November 18, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) warned the Saudi-led coalition that its intense airstrikes on Yemen will have “serious consequences”.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, revealed that Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 65 airstrikes on Yemen in the last 24 hours.
The coalition’s airstrikes targeted the provinces of al-Jawf, Saada, Ma’rib, Dhamar, Taiz and al-Hudaydah as well as the capital, Sanaa, and its outskirts. One of the airstrikes that targeted al-Hudaydah killed a civilian and wounded two others.
“This escalation will have serious consequences for the forces of aggression, and they must bear its results,” Brig. Gen. Sari said.
The recent airstrikes on Yemen were meant to halt the Houthis’ rapid advance towards Ma’rib city and to stop their repeated drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Within 24 hours, the Houthis launched a drone attack at Abha International Aiport in the southern Saudi province of ‘Asir as well as a missile attack at the provincial capital of Jizan. Both attacks were allegedly foiled.
The Saudi-led coalition’s attempts to deter the Houthis appear to be failing. The group is clearly preparing to escalate its operations in response to the coalition’s airstrikes. Large drone and missile attacks may target Saudi Arabia and its proxies in Yemen in the upcoming few days.