Sunday, May 22

Conflict. Emirates intercepts two missiles launched at Abu Dhabi by rebels in Yemen

As the United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles that targeted the capital Abu Dhabi, Yemeni Houthi rebels threatened on Monday to “intensify” their attacks on the country.

“We are ready to intensify our operations (…) and respond to the escalation with escalation,” said the rebels’ military spokesman, Yahya Saree, in a televised statement, claiming responsibility for the missile attacks against the Emirates.

No victim

The two missiles launched Monday from Yemen did not cause any casualties, and “the remains of the intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles fell in different places in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Emirates are part of a Saudi-led military coalition that has supported the government of Yemen since 2015 against the Iran-backed Houthis. This is the second attack on the United Arab Emirates carried out by the Houthis in a week. Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for a drone and missile attack on January 17 that hit oil installations and Abu Dhabi airport and killed three people.

The Houthis have carried out multiple attacks against Saudi Arabia, but the January 17 attack on Abu Dhabi was the first recognized by the United Arab Emirates inside its borders. The conflict in Yemen, which has claimed some 377,000 lives, has intensified in recent weeks with an increase in raids by the military coalition and ground offensives by government forces.

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