On January 25, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) Military Media and Media Center released a number of posters with direct threats to key civilian facilities and foreign investments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
One poster shows a suicide drone over Expo 2020 which is currently being held in Dubai, while another one shows Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the city and the entire world.
Other posters carried out direct threats to the UAE’s economy as well as to foreign investments and workers in the country.
The Houthis attacked the UAE twice in less than ten days. On January 17, the Houthis launched several drones and missiles at Abu Dhabi. The attack killed three people and caused some material losses. On January 24, the Houthis launched a second attack with drones and missiles. This time, the attack was foiled.
The Houthis second attack on the UAE was a response to a series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that killed or wounded more than 350 people in Yemen.
The attacks on the UAE did not deter the Saudi-led coalition, who bombarded the Houthi-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on January 25.
The Houthis’ threats to the UAE will likely lead to more military escalation. The Saudi-led coalition could step up its ground and aerial operations in Yemen. These threats are also being used by some in Washington to justify designating the Houthis as a terrorist group, once again.