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UAE forces say they intercepted Houthi missile strike


Houthi supporters raise their rifles in protest at the death of Saleh Al-Samad (a high ranking Houthi official) by an air strike from Saudi Arabian-led coalition. April 25, 2018, Hodeidah.

Abduljabbar Zeyad, Reuters| Reuters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates says it has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile that was fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels over an uninhabited area.

Ministry of Defense in the UAE stated Monday that there were no losses from Monday’s attack. Civil aviation authorities added that they are back to normal.

“There were no casualties resulting from the attack and the fragments of the ballistic missile fell outside of populated areas,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

The statement added that the coalition command and UAE’s air defense forces had destroyed the missile launcher in Yemen, after having identified the locations.

It pledged that the ministry would be “fully prepared to respond to any threat” and will take all measures necessary to defend the UAE against any attack.

Houthis claimed the responsibility and also advised the UAE that details of an operation they are planning to reveal soon “deep within” the UAE were being revealed.

Monday’s missile launch by the Houthis is their third of this month’s attacks. Three people were killed in the initial attack, Jan. 17, and three more died the next day by the Houthis’ second attack at Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Air Base.