Yemen’s Houthis Threaten to Target UAE With Drones

Drones could hit 'dozens' of targets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

The Shi’ite Houthi movement in northern Yemen may be facing an uphill battle in convincing people they were behind the Saturday attack on Saudi oil refineries, but that’s not going to stop them from continuing to use the drones to move against countries who are at war with them

On Tuesday, the Houthis emphasized plans to attack more targets in Saudi Arabia, and on Wednesday officials said that there are also “dozens” of potential targets inside the United Arab Emirates.

The Saudis and the UAE are the two main groups leading the invasion of Yemen in recent years, and would be the most natural for the Houthis to retaliate against. The Saudis are closer, so unsurprisingly they’ve been targeted more often.

But the drones were so successful in Saturday’s attack, and Saudi Arabia’s massive military budget showed so incapable of defending it from drones, an escalation is virtually inevitable. Drones are low cost, and can hit high value targets, of which there are plenty in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of