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On the crystal clear reality in Yemen

Mashari Althaydi

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The recent Iranian-Houthi missile which was intercepted South of Riyadh is yet another evidence as to why the Decisive Storm Operation in Yemen is an extreme necessity.

Can a big country like Saudi Arabia, which has been working towards a better future according to Vision 2030, tolerate this threat? The government announced its state budget on the same day when Houthis launched their Iranian-made missile towards the kingdom.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “Announcing the largest governmental expenditure program in the kingdom’s history is solid proof to the success of our efforts in improving public financial management despite the decrease of oil prices.”

Absurd debate

Discussing what the source of these missiles that are launched from Saadah, Hajjah and Imran is and whether they are Iranian-made or not is absurd. Hassan Nasrallah, for instance, has resorted to his usual rhetorical tricks to convince us that these missiles with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers are manufactured by the highly strategic Houthi military industries!

It could be the case if the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ generals who operate these missiles in Yemen have been granted the Yemeni nationality! It’s undebatable that Iran’s ballistic capabilities are a huge source of threat to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the entire region and the world. Who can guarantee that these rockets with 2,000 kilometers range are not in the possession of the Iranian military party in Lebanon? Theoretically speaking, Europe would be within the range of these missiles.

It’s undebatable that Iran’s ballistic capabilities are a huge source of threat to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the entire region and the world. Who can guarantee that these rockets with 2,000 kilometers range are not in the possession of the Iranian military party in Lebanon?

Mashari Althaydi

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recently told reporters in Washington that France and the US are determined to “vigorously” increase pressure on Iran regarding its ballistic missiles’ program even if they have to resort to sanctions.

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UN negative approach

We have a problem with the UN’s negative approach in Yemen, specifically regarding the Houthi threat on regional security as UN missions have procrastinated in handling the supervision of the Hodeidah Port. Northern Yemen imports and humanitarian aid are delivered via this port which is under the Houthis’ control.

This is one example of the UN’s astray approach in Yemen.

The insistence of the UN and other institutions, whose political orientations cannot be relied on, to limit the Yemeni problem to the humanitarian angle is quite surprising because the deterioration of the humanitarian situation is actually a result of leniency with the terrorist Houthi militia whom prohibitions have been imposed on by the UN Security Council.

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Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi was right when he told envoys few days ago that UN representatives must efficiently inspect Yemen’s passages. Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson of the coalition forces, had hinted at that as well.

After a missile was intercepted in Riyadh’s airspace, is it time for the UN to awake from its Yemeni illusion?

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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