A leader at the Houthi group on Saturday vowed the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are leading a military coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen, with the "greatest battle", asthe rebels escalatingdrone attacks on targets inside the neighboring kingdom and threatening of further "harsh assaults" if coalition operations continue.
"The greatest battle'sdate is approaching, and the Yemeni people has now the right to concur the enemy at home and to compensate for their material losses," Mohamed al-Bokhaiti, member in Houthi politburo, said on Facebook.
But he advised Yemeni tribesmen to distinguish between public and private properties and coordinate efforts with Yemenis and liberals living in the "country of the two holly mosques, for we are liberators but not occupiers."
For some analysts, these remarks indicate that Houthis have moved from self-defense to attacking stage.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
Houthis have recentlyintensified firing ballistic missiles and launching drone attacks on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure."
Houthi enhanced military position has been "resulted from Saudi feebleness towards the Yemeni crisisthat has prolonged the war," said a Yemeni military source Saturday, accusing the kingdom of tracking the UAE policy, though the latter seeks to "achieve its own interests."
"Houthis have benefited from the prolonged war and blockade in developing their military capacities," the source told the London-based Arabic Quds paper, while the Saudis have "used all advanced airstrikes to achieve but very little of their intervention's goals."
Heseesthat Saudis plunged into "the hell with Houthi, who don't care for the destruction of Yemeni structures and the deaths left by airstrikes."
Yemen 4-year war has lefttens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced,triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.