The Yemeni government urged the international community to take collective action to deter the Houthi militia terrorism, saying condemnation statements shouldn't be enough. This came following a Houthi attack using drone against an oil terminal in eastern Yemen.
The attack targeted Al Dabba oil terminal, near the port city of Mukalla in Hadhramaut governorate. On Monday, the Yemeni army announced that it had intercepted Houthi drones targeting Al Dabba while a ship was present to transport a shipment of oil.
Nevertheless, the army confirmed that one of the drones had hit the cargo platform in the oil terminal and caused material damage.
The terminal was the target of another assault by the Houthis last month as the Iran-backed militia continues to extort the internationally recognized government for sharing crude oil revenues from liberated areas in Hadhramaut and Shabwah.
“Continued targeting of civilian objects and national economic facilities by terrorist Houthi militias represents a dangerous escalation that would exacerbate the humanitarian situation and threaten energy supplies, freedom and safety of navigation and international trade,” the government warned in a statement.
The government described the Houthi attack as “criminal,” stressing that they represent a flagrant violation of all international laws and norms.
“Houthi attacks are carried out in blatant disregard for the catastrophic humanitarian, environmental and economic repercussions that ensue,” the government’s statement added.
The Yemeni government also renewed its call for the international community to move from condemning the terrorist acts of the Houthis to collective action to curb the group’s destabilizing activities.
The Yemeni government also demanded Houthis be designated as a terrorist organization, demanding more pressure on the Iranian regime to stop its destabilizing interference in the region.