Houthis assume attack on Abu Dhabi and Dubai | The World | D.W.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility this Monday (31.01.2022) for the attack launched on Sunday evening against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the third in January, and which this time coincides with the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to the country Arabic. The office of the Israeli authorities confirmed that the leader’s schedule for the day will continue as planned.

The Houthis’ military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, said in a televised statement that they had attacked “important targets in the emirate of Abu Dhabi with a series of ballistic missiles” and “sensitive targets in the emirate of Dubai, using drones”. The attack, dubbed “Operation Yemen Third Cyclone”, targeted “the depth of the small Emirati enemy state” and added that the action “successfully achieved its objectives”.

“We reiterate our call on citizens, residents and businesses to stay away from vital centers and facilities, which will be targeted in the future,” he added. He also said that the UAE “will remain insecure as long as the tools of the Israeli army the enemy in Abu Dhabi and Dubai continue to launch aggression against our beloved people and country.”

The Houthi attack coincides with the historic visit of Herzog, who arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday and is now attending the Dubai Expo, where Israel’s National Day is celebrated.

platform destruction

The Emirati Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday evening the interception and destruction of a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis, without specifying the place where this occurred. Shortly after, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Operations Command announced “the destruction of the ballistic missile platform launched from Al Jawf (northern Yemen)”.

On the other hand, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that air traffic in the country has not been affected and no airports have suffered the impact of these missiles. On January 17, the Houthis attacked a construction area at Abu Dhabi airport as well as an industrial area, in an action that left three people dead.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military coalition of Sunni countries that support the internationally recognized Yemeni government against Houthi rebels, an Iran-backed Shia movement.

DZC (EFE, Reuters, AFP)

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