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Houthi Leader Warns Saudi Arabia

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Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in his recorded speech that his group could target Saudi oil tankers if the Kingdom attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah.

“We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything, we have not done this before,” he said.

He added that his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

The Houthi leader also said that they had successfully test fired a missile towards Abu Dhabi and said that UAE was no longer a safe nation.

Yemen has been devastated by more than two years of civil war in which President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, is fighting to drive the Houthis out of cities they seized in 2014 and 2015 in a rapid rise to national power.

“Today the port of Hodeidah is being threatened and we cannot turn a blind eye to that,” Abdel-Malek said.

“If the Saudi regime and with a green light from the US attack Hodeidah then we have to take steps that we haven’t taken before.”

The government of President Hadi accused the Houthis of using the port for smuggling weapons, however, the Houthis have denied this allegation.

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