Yemen’s Houthis Threaten Dubai Expo If War Doesn’t End

$7 billion expo event attracting millions of visitors

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree is warning that the cross-border attacks in and out of Yemen could be coming to a new, high-profile venue, saying that the Dubai Expo may want to think about changing locations.

Nasr al-Din Amer, another senior Houthi, warned that the group has “what is worth displaying” at the expo, which cost some $7 billion and has attracted tens of millions of visitors to the major UAE city.

With growing attacks on the Houthis, the Houthis have fired more at the attacking nations, hitting targets in the UAE twice in a week. This led to major concern that UAE’s economic status could be at risk if the war drags on, and Dubai would only add to those concerns.

Given how much of the UAE’s economy could be harmed by war, the pressure is likely growing for them to find a way to back out of the Yemen war, either completely or just to the extent that they are no longer making themselves a target.

Author: Jason Ditz

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