The United Arab Emirates says it has intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels over ABU Dhabi

2022-05-09 0 By

The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles aimed at ABU Dhabi on Monday morning, the official News agency said, ap reported Thursday.It was the latest attack on the CAPITAL of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the UAE military used the THAAD missile defense system to intercept a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis on May 22, the report said.The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Defense said Monday that its air defense forces intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles aimed at the United Arab Emirates that were fired by Houthi militants, the WAM news agency reported.There were no casualties as fragments of the ballistic missile fell over different parts of ABU Dhabi, the CAPITAL of the United Arab Emirates, the NEWS agency said.The agency quoted the UAE defence ministry as saying it was “fully prepared to deal with any threat”, adding that it would “take all necessary measures to protect the UAE from any attack”.The terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, is designed to intercept incoming short -, medium – and long-range ballistic missiles.As early as 2016, the UAE deployed the THAAD system and its supporting equipment in its territory.Video posted to social media showed the skies over the CAPITAL of the United Arab Emirates lit up before dawn Monday with points of light that looked like interceptor missiles in the sky.The missile launch halted traffic at ABU Dhabi International Airport for about an hour after the attack.No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.A week ago, however, Yemen’s Houthis claimed an attack on the CAPITAL of the United Arab Emirates that killed three people and wounded six.Iran’s Kayhan newspaper ran a front-page article on Sunday quoting Houthi officials as saying the UAE would be attacked again. The headline read: “Evacuate the commercial towers of the UAE.”In recent days, a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United Arab Emirates has launched punitive air strikes on Yemen, causing Internet access to the Arab country to go down.The Houthis have threatened retaliation against the UNITED Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition said a ballistic missile fired by The Houthis landed in an industrial zone in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, slightly injuring a foreigner.A Houthi spokesman did not immediately respond to Questions from the Associated Press about Monday’s attack.(Edit: SDY)