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UAE Claims To Have Destroyed Two Ballistic Missiles Fired By Houthi Rebels, Two Injured In Attack In Saudi Arabia

The United Arab Emirates says two ballistic missiles fired at its territory by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Monday morning have been destroyed and that no one was killed in the attack.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting Houthi rebels, and this is the second time in a few days that Houthi rebels have tried to target the UAE.

The latest missiles were aimed at the state of Abu Dhabi, where three people, were killed in a January 17 drone strike on the port.

Following the attack, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels warned that more attacks on the UAE were possible in the future.

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Meanwhile, the Saudi-led military coalition said that a Sudanese and another Bengali citizen were wounded in a missile attack by Houthi rebels in southern Saudi Arabia on Sunday. A spokesman for the Houthi rebels has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks in both countries, but did not provide further details, according to Reuters.

It should be noted that the Saudi-led military alliance has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen for the past six years.

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According to a statement from the UAE Ministry of Defense, fragments of the destroyed missiles landed in Abu Dhabi but caused no casualties. However, the attack disrupted traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

On the other hand, the Saudi news agency SPA says that some workshops and civilian vehicles were damaged in the attack in southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to Reuters, after the failed missile attack on the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the movement of planes at Abu Dhabi airport was affected. It may be recalled that a fire broke out in the vicinity of the airport after the January 17 attack.

The United Nations has also expressed concern over the recent tensions and called on both sides to exercise restraint. A spokesman for the Houthi rebels told the TV channel that the Houthis had said they would provide details of the "military operation" carried out in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Monday.

On Sunday night, Saudi state media claimed that ballistic missiles fired by Houthis landed in southern Saudi Arabia, injuring two foreigners and damaging a few vehicles and workshops in an industrial area. The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said two foreigners, one Sudanese and the other Bengali, suffered minor injuries.

Following last week's attack on the UAE, the Saudi coalition carried out several airstrikes on rebel strongholds in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, with reports of casualties. The Saudi coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. In the wake of the Houthi attacks on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi cities, the coalition has stepped up airstrikes and operations on Houthi targets.

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At least 60 people were killed in an airstrike on a temporary detention center in northern Sanaa on Friday, while an ongoing operation killed 20 people in the Houthi-held city. The Saudi coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 when the Houthis ousted the internationally backed government in Sanaa. Since then, Houthi rebels say they are fighting a corrupt regime and foreign intervention.

The UAE has reduced its presence in Yemen since 2019, but its allied forces have recently clashed with Houthis at key energy centers in Yemen.

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