The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles that targeted the capital Abu Dhabi, the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday, blaming the attack on Houthi rebels in Yemen.
< p>“This attack caused no casualties, and the debris of the intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles fell in different places in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” the ministry said in a statement.
< p>These missiles were launched “by the Houthi terrorist group towards the country”, he claimed.
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abulsalam announced on Twitter that he was preparing to give details of a “military operation”.
“The Yemeni armed forces will reveal details in the coming hours of an in-depth military operation in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The Emirates are part of a Saudi-led military coalition that supports since 2015 the government of Yemen against the Houthis supported by Iran.
This is the second attack against the United Arab Emirates carried out by the Houthis in a week.
Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for a drone and missile attack on January 17 that hit oil facilities and Abu Dhabi airport and left three dead.
The Houthis have carried out multiple operations against Saudi Arabia, but the January 17 attack on Abu Dhabi was the first recognized by the United Arab Emirates within its borders.
It was followed by a series of coalition airstrikes in Yemen and ground offensives by government forces.
One of the airstrikes killed 14 people in the capital Sanaa, and at least three children were killed in an attack on Hodeidah, through which passes most of the international aid destined for the country.
The coalition, on the other hand, denied any responsibility in a strike on Saturday against a prison held by the Houthis which left at least 70 dead and a hundred injured in Saada, the rebel stronghold in the northwest of the country.
In more than seven years of war, all parties to the conflict have been accused “war crimes” by UN experts. Implicated for multiple “blunders”, the coalition has admitted “errors” and accuses the rebels of using civilians as human shields.
The UN has been trying in vain for several years to put an end to to this devastating conflict which has left, according to her, 377,000 dead and pushed a population of 30 million inhabitants to the brink of a large-scale famine.