In response to a statement by Yemen’s Foreign Ministry, UAE affirmed its right to defend itself and confront the threats facing the Arab Coalition as terrorist groups began escalating attacks against Coalition Forces and civilians, WAM reported, August 29th.
Retaliating against these ramped-up attacks, UAE carried out specific air raids, in accordance with the rules of engagement of the Geneva Convention and the International Humanitarian Law, on August 28th and 29th against terrorist militias.
The UAE Defence Ministry said the raids were executed based on solid actionable field intelligence stating that terrorist militias are targeting and posing a serious threat to the Coalition Forces.
The armed groups targeted by the raids had attacked the Arab Coalition Forces at Aden Airport leaving two injured, they were led by elements from terrorist organisations, the statement said.
During the past weeks, UAE intelligence has monitored rising activity by terror cells in some Yemeni regions, which severely imperils efforts of the Arab Coalition to uproot terror in Yemen as well as efforts to counter Houthi militias, who could greatly exploit a more chaotic region with more terror organisations.
UAE also expressed great concern over the situation and rising tension southern Yemen, calling on the international community to prevent terrorist organizations from capitalizing on the status quo to execute terror operations in Yemen.
The Arab Coalition has successfully managed to counter the danger and threats posed by major terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, in the Arab peninsula, the statement concluded.