SHAFAQNA – Officials in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have confirmed this Thursday that their respective armed forces will stand ready to intervene in Yemen should the Houthis – Shia faction led by Abdel-Malek Al Houthi – fail to comply with the UN Security Council resolution 2201.
Although the UNSC resolution does not call for more than a partial military withdrawal and a return to the negotiating table, Saudi Arabia is adamant the Houthis represent a grave threat for Yemen’ stability and transition of power.
Tensions in between Sana’a and Riyadh have been at an all-time high since late January, when the Houthis assume power on the wake of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s resignation from the presidency.
Saudi Arabia has often accused Iran of attempting to assert its religious and political supremacy over the Middle East.
Such a statement from the GCC countries comes a week after Egypt confirmed that it has mobilized troops in the Suez Canal should the Houthis move to control Bab El Mandab in the Red Sea.