Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles sent by the Houthi rebel group to target the capital Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Monday. The Ministry of Defense of the UAE gave this information. The ministry said no casualties were reported in the attack. Remnants of intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles fell in different areas around Abu Dhabi. “The air defense system intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired into the country by Houthi terrorists on Monday,” the Defense Ministry tweeted.
The ministry said the UAE is prepared to deal with any kind of threat and all necessary steps have been taken to protect the country from all kinds of attacks, the ministry said, according to a report in the official WAM news agency. The ministry has called upon the public to rely only on information from official news sources in the country. The attack comes a week after Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a petroleum depot in Abu Dhabi and the country’s main airport. In the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, on the morning of January 17, the Musaffa ICAD-3 area and the new construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport were targeted.
Two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed, while six others were injured in the explosion of three petroleum tankers. The United Arab Emirates has blamed Yemen’s Houthi rebels for the attack, saying it would not be spared for the targeted attack. “The UAE reserves the right to act against these terrorist attacks and criminal acts,” said a statement from the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Condemned and expressed condolences to the families of the victims. The 15-member council issued a statement calling the January 17 attacks in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in Saudi Arabia a “horrific terrorist attack”.
“The members of the Security Council express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the Houthi attacks and the governments of India and Pakistan, and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the statement said. The Council members reiterated that terrorism in all its forms constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The UAE government banned the operation of private drones and light ‘sports’ aircraft in the Gulf country for a month, days after the January 17 attacks. According to the statement, air and sea destinations have also been included in the ban. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen combating Houthi rebels.