The United Arab Emirates says it has defused and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The UAE Ministry of Defense claimed from its Twitter account that a ballistic missile fired from the Yemeni province of Al-Jawaf on Sunday night was intercepted by its defense system in the air at 00:20 (local time). Local time) destroyed. The UAE has also released a video of the successful missile destruction.
According to the Ministry of Defense, there were no casualties in the Houthi attack and the remnants of the missile fell out of populated areas.
The Houthi attack comes as Israeli President Isaac Herzog is in the United Arab Emirates on his first visit. The Israeli president arrived in the UAE on a two-day visit on Sunday and the missile was fired just hours after he arrived in the UAE.
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The United Arab Emirates is part of a Saudi coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. In recent weeks, the Houthis have carried out several drone and missile attacks on the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. One Pakistani and two Indian nationals were killed and six others were injured in a January 17 drone strike in the UAE port area.
It may be recalled that a few days ago, the UAE Ministry of Defense had claimed in a message on Twitter that the ballistic missile launcher installed in the province of Al-Jawaf in Yemen was destroyed in an operation immediately after the attack on the UAE.According to the Ministry of Defense, an F-16 fighter jet took part in the retaliation and footage of the attack was released by the Ministry at that time. Following the attack, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels warned that more attacks on the UAE were possible in the future. The attack, for the third week in a row, has raised tensions in the region, where a Saudi-led military coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen for years.
The UAE is part of this military alliance, but in the past Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have only attempted attacks on Saudi Arabia, and rarely any kind of attack on the UAE, including in the Middle East. Occurs in the most peaceful and secure states.
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It should be noted that according to the United Nations, as a result of the seven-year war, more than 1.5 million people have been killed in Yemen and millions have been forced to flee. One of the poorest countries in the world, Yemen shares most of its border with Saudi Arabia, and its capital, Sanaa, is about 1,500 kilometers from the United Arab Emirates state of Abu Dhabi. The United Nations has expressed concern over the recent tensions and called on both sides to exercise restraint.
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. 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 a Houthi-held city.
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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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