TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A Yemeni political expert said the Arabian Peninsula country pursues the enhancement of its military power and raising the range of its missiles.
Missiles are one of the means with which Yemeni forces are ready to counter the enemies, Sayyed Sadiq al-Sharafi told Press Shia.
“In the future, Yemeni missiles will be fired at very important targets in Saudi Arabia and their range may not be limited to Riyadh,” he added.
“(Yemeni) forces are working hard to increase the range of the missiles so that they can reach Abu Dhabi and Dubai and the capitals of (other members of the Saudi-led coalition).”
Al-Sharafi said the missiles that have so far hit Riyadh conveyed the message that “we can target sensitive areas.”
He went on to stress that Yemenis are ready to struggle against the aggressors for years and are sure that victory is theirs.
The president of the Houthi Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi also recently underlined that Yemeni forces will continue to target vital Saudi facilities “to have a deterrent power against the arrogant enemy.”
“We will use all available means; and a vast array of options is at our disposal to respond to the attacks. It’s a shame to condemn Yemeni retaliatory missile attacks at the same time as keeping mum on crimes being perpetrated by the Saudi-led aggressors. If the enemy continues to pound our cities and our siege remains in place, we will certainly demonstrate greater military power,” Houthi added.
He also strongly dismissed allegations that Iran is providing arms to Yemeni forces in the fight against the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen, stressing Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees would have conquered Riyadh if Iran had been able to provide military aid.
“If we had the alleged Iranian support, we would have been in Riyadh today,” he told France 24 news network in late March.
“We are developing and manufacturing our own missiles on the basis of Russian and North Korean technologies. The projectiles have no Iranian know-how incorporated in,” he stressed.
Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for over three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since the start of the aggression.
The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.
“After three years of conflict, conditions in Yemen are catastrophic,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.