UAE Intercepts Yemen Rebel Ballistic Missile: Official

The UAE authorities on Monday said they have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels towards the Gulf country, the third such incident within a month.

The UAE Defense Ministry in a statement said that there were no casualties resulting from the attack and the fragments of the ballistic missile fell outside of populated areas.

“The UAE air defense forces and the Coalition Command had succeeded in destroying the missile launcher from Yemen after identifying locations of the sites,” the ministry said without specifying its location. The ministry affirmed its “full readiness to deal with any threats.”

“We will take all necessary measures to protect the UAE from any attacks,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the US has condemned the attack on UAE which has threatened civilians.

“We condemn the latest Houthi missile attack on Abu Dhabi. While Israel’s president is visiting the UAE to build bridges and promote stability across the region, the Houthis continue to launch attacks that threaten civilians,” Edward Price, the Spokesperson for the US Department of State said in a tweet.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Monday will land in the UAE on his first official visit after the two countries normalized relations in 2020.

The UAE authorities said that the incident had no impact on air traffic, with flight operations proceeding normally.  

With Monday’s attack, the Houthis carried out a third attack on the UAE in the period of less than one month, with the first assault on January 17 that killed three people and wounded six others.

The second Houthi attack was a week later targeting Abu Dhabi, the capital city that was intercepted, and had no civilian casualties or property damages.

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