Will pro-Iranian Houthis in Yemen escalate against UAE? - analysis


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Will pro-Iranian Houthis in Yemen escalate against UAE? - analysis
If the Houthis expand their threats to attacking the ships of the UAE or threatening the Gulf, this would be a major escalation.
Published: JANUARY 13, 2022

The UAE may be in the crosshairs of Houthi escalation after the pro-Iranian group seized a UAE-flagged ship in the Red Sea. The UAE has called the incident an act of piracy but the Houthis are not backing down and have warned of escalation, according to Iranian media.

The cargo ship called Rwebee was grabbed by the Houthis on January 3, according to reports. The Khaleej Times in the UAE said that the UAE has spoken out about the issue at the UN. “We condemn, in the strongest terms, the Houthi act of piracy against the civilian cargo vessel ‘Rwebee’ off the port of Hodeidah,” said Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN. “This is a dangerous escalation against the safety of maritime navigation in the Red Sea. It requires the adoption of a firm position by the Security Council. We thank all countries who have issued statements condemning this act of piracy.”

The UAE has condemned Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and has demanded they cease their attacks. Iran’s Tasnim media meanwhile has quoted the Houthi spokesperson as saying they are inflicting heavy losses on “mercenaries” backed by the UAE in Yemen. The Houthis claimed to have inflicted these casualties in Shabwa in central Yemen.

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