International efforts are being exerted to persuade Houthis to stop targeting the vital facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that are leading a military coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen, said the Houthi information minister on Saturday.
"Great efforts and mediations are being internationallyled, particularly by Britain, to stop attacking Saudi and Emirati airports and vital facilities," Dhaifullah al-Shami, also spokesman of the group and member of its politburo, added on Twitter.
Houthis have recently intensified firing ballistic missiles and launching drone attacks on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure."
On Saturday, a leader at the Houthi group vowed the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with the "greatest battle", as the rebels escalating drone attacks on targets inside the neighboring kingdom and threatening of further "harsh assaults" if coalition operations continue.
For some analysts, these remarks indicate that Houthis have moved from self-defense to attacking stage.
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."
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.
The 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 Yemeni 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.