Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said that the UAE is part of the coalition that is attacking Houthi targets in Yemen, therefore it may very well become a target for Houthi bombings at any given time. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on March 25, 2021. Abdul-Salam said that the Houthis will not accept criticism of the targets they choose to bomb or refrain from bombing, and said that it is the Houthi political leaders and military commanders who determine who should be targeted. He added that Saudi Arabia is the head of the aggression against the Houthis, and while the UAE is involved it is not involved to the degree of Saudi Arabia.
Mohammad Abdul-Salam: "Some people ask why we do not bomb the UAE. In our view, the UAE cannot be at the forefront of any aggression. It can only work in the shadows. The UAE announced its withdrawal once and then announced it again. We believe that the Stockholm Agreement led to the cessation of the military operations on the [Red Sea] shore – operations that were led by the UAE, one way or another, with a British-American coordination...
"In addition to that, our operations should focus on the direct aggressor, because this will have greater effect on the aggression forces. Nevertheless, we have not announced that the UAE was safe from attacks. Since the UAE still bombs [us] and is still apart of the coalition – our military commanders decide on the priorities and the appropriate timing. We believe that so long as the aggression continues, the UAE may be the target for [our] attacks at any given time.
"Having said that, we would not accept [criticism] about not bombing here or there. This depends on the nature of the war, its priorities, and its requirements, as well as understandings that may be reached. An evaluation of the UAE's involvement in Yemen will lead to an evaluation of the response. But I would like to reiterate that the UAE is still part of the aggression, it is still part of the coalition, and unfortunately, it is still bombing [us], still supporting and training [our rivals].
"There are no regional considerations. Nobody is interfering. We do not allow anyone to tell us to bomb here or not bomb there.
"Our top political leadership and our military commanders are the ones who decide on the nature of our response. But we cannot say... Saudi Arabia is the head of this aggression against us. It carries out dozens of raids every day and lays the siege. We cannot say that the recent Emirati involvement is like the Saudi involvement. Nevertheless, it is still bad. They are still involved, and may still be targeted at any moment."