UAE destroys two ballistic missiles fired at Abu Dhabi

Dubai, Jan 24 (AP) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by a Houthi rebel group to target the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday morning. The incident comes days after two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed in a rare drone and missile attack.

The UAE’s Defense Ministry said Monday’s attack resulted in no casualties and fragments of ballistic missiles that were intercepted fell in different areas around Abu Dhabi.

“The air defense system intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired towards the country by Houthi terrorists on Monday,” the Defense Ministry tweeted.

It said that in response to the attack, the Joint Operations Command of the UAE Ministry of Defense (MoD) “immediately” destroyed a ballistic missile launcher located in Yemen’s Al Jawf province from where the missiles were fired towards Abu Dhabi. .

The ministry also shared a video on Twitter in which an F-16 fighter jet is seen destroying a ballistic missile launcher based in Yemen.

It said in a tweet, “MOD Joint Operations Command announced that an F-16 fired a ballistic missile launcher based at Al Jawf (Yemen) at 04:10 a.m. Yemeni time, shortly after two ballistic missiles were fired over Abu Dhabi.” have destroyed.”

According to a report in the state news agency ‘WAM’, the ministry said that 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 called on people to rely only on information from official news sources in the country.

Today’s incident comes a week after Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a petroleum depot in Abu Dhabi and the country’s main airport.

On the morning of January 17 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Musaffa targeted the ICAD-3 area and a newly constructed area at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Three petroleum tankers came under the grip of that attack and in which two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed and six others were injured.

The United Arab Emirates has blamed Yemen’s Houthi rebels for the attack, saying they will not be spared for the targeted attack.

“The UAE reserves the right to take action against these terrorist attacks and criminal acts,” said a statement from the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The United Nations Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the attack in Abu Dhabi and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

The 15-member council issued a statement calling the January 17 attacks in Abu Dhabi and in some places in Saudi Arabia a “horrific terrorist attack”.

The members of the Council reiterated that terrorism of all kinds poses one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Following the January 17 attacks, the UAE government banned the operation of private drones and light ‘sports’ aircraft in the Gulf country for a month. 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 fighting Houthi rebels.

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