New Yemen Houthis attack on United Arab Emirates

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For the third time since the beginning of the month, the United Arab Emirates on Monday said it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis in Yemen. This new attack, which claimed no casualties, coincides with Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday (January 30) claimed to have intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels for the third time this month.

“The air defenses intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired at our country by the Houthi terrorists,” the UAE Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Debris from the missile fell into an uninhabited area and no casualties were reported, officials in the Emirates said the attack had no impact on air travel. The ministry adds that it destroyed the Houthi rocket launcher in Yemen without giving its location.

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The Emirates say they are “fully prepared to face any threat” and “to take all necessary measures to protect the UAE from any attack”.

This attack is the third against the Emirates since early January. On the 17th, three people were killed in a drone and missile attack in Abu Dhabi, and on the 24th, two missile launches were intercepted by American forces stationed in the Emirates capital.

Visit of the Israeli President

The attack coincides with Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s first official visit to Abu Dhabi since relations between the two countries normalized in 2020. In a statement, the Israeli President’s office said he would “continue his visit as planned.”

The Emirates are part of a Saudi-led military coalition that has backed the Yemeni government against the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015. The Emirates withdrew their troops from Yemen in 2019 but remain an influential player in the conflict.

An Emirati official told AFP on Thursday that Houthi attacks would not become a “new normal” for the Emirates, pledging a robust defense. “We refuse to accept the threat of Houthi terror aimed at our people and our way of life,” the official added.

Houthi rebels have threatened more attacks on the United Arab Emirates, which is home to US troops and one of the biggest arms buyers in the world.

With AFP

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