Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels said they will keep working to develop their ballistic missile technology to target Saudi Arabia after an attempted missile attack earlier this month on Riyadh’s airport.
In a statement carried by Houthi-controlled Al Masirah television, rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam criticized an Arab League statement issued in Cairo that accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East and condemned Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Abdulsalam said the rebels don’t recognize the Cairo communique and said their response will come on the battlefield. He urged rebel forces, confronting a Saudi-led coalition in a civil war that started more than 2 1/2 years ago, to continue to develop their ballistic missiles to “hit the enemy in its own territory.” He called the Saudi government the most “destructive danger to peace and stability in the region.”
Abdulsalam also congratulated the Syrian and Iraqi governments for the defeat of Islamic State in their territories.