UAE intercepts missile in Yemen during Israeli president’s visit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels early Monday as Israel’s president was visiting the country, authorities said, the third such attack in recent weeks .

The missile strikes further escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf, which had previously seen a series of assaults near Emirati soil but never unmistakably on it. It comes during years of war in Yemen and the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

The UAE’s official WAM news agency reported the interception, saying “the attack resulted in no casualties as the remnants of the ballistic missile fell outside populated areas.”

It was not immediately clear where the remnants of the missile fell. The country’s civilian air traffic control agency said there was no immediate effect on air travel to the United Arab Emirates, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad.

Already, the country’s top prosecutor has threatened that those who film or post footage of such an incident will face criminal prosecution in the United Arab Emirates, an autocratic federation of seven emirates on the Arabian Peninsula. This makes reporting on such incidents even more complicated for journalists.

Houthi military spokesman Yehia Sarei wrote on Twitter that the rebels would make an announcement about an attack in the coming hours that would reach “the depths of the United Arab Emirates”. satellite news channel.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is in the country for a state visit. The ceremonial leader met with the powerful Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Sunday.

Herzog’s office later told The Associated Press that the trip was to “go ahead as planned” when asked about the missile interception. He did not specify. Herzog was due to travel to the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai on Monday, which the Houthis had previously threatened to target.

A similar attack last week saw Emirati and US forces fire interceptor missiles to take down a Houthi attack. The previous week, a Houthi drone and missile attack hit an Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fuel depot, killing three people and injuring six others.


Associated Press writer Isabel Debre in Dubai contributed to this report.


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