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Yemen rebels threaten Saudi, UAE ports and airports

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been battling the Houthis on Yemeni land since 2015

Yemen rebels threaten Saudi, UAE ports and airports
Houthi rebels in Yemen. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Tuesday threatened retaliation against the ports and airports of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which this week closed the Yemeni land, sea and air borders.

"All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be a direct target of our weapons, which is a legitimate right," read a statement released by the rebels' political office.

Allied with Yemen's government, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been battling the Houthis on Yemeni land since 2015.

The Houthi's statement comes the day after the coalition announced it had closed all of Yemen's borders, after Saudi forces intercepted a ballistic missile headed for the kingdom's international airport in Riyadh.

The Houthis have claimed the missile attack.

The United Nations on Monday reported the Saudi-led coalition had prevented two humanitarian aid flights from flying to the war-torn country.