Abu Dhabi, jan 24: The United Arab Emirates intercepted and destroyed two Houthi ballistic missiles targeting the Gulf country on Monday with no casualties, its defense ministry said, following a deadly attack a week earlier.
For more than six years, the Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, repeatedly carrying out cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, launching an unprecedented assault on the UAE on Jan. 17.
"The remnants of the intercepted ballistic missiles fell in separate areas around Abu Dhabi," the ministry said in a statement, adding that it was taking the necessary protective measures against all attacks.
Monday's attack was the second on UAE soil since last week's strike that hit a fuel depot in the capital, Abu Dhabi, killing three people, and causing a fire near its international airport.
The Houthi-run Al Masirah television channel said the group would announce within hours the details of a "wide military operation" against Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Late on Sunday, Saudi state media said a Houthi ballistic missile had fallen in the kingdom's south, injuring two foreigners and damaging workshops and vehicles in an industrial area.
The Saudi-led coalition has ramped up air strikes on what it describes as Houthi targets in Yemen. At least 60 people were killed when a strike hit a temporary detention center in the northern province of Sadaa on Friday, and about 20 were killed in the Houthi-held capital of Sanaa in an operation on Tuesday.
The civil war in Yemen between the government and the Houthi rebels has heated up again. This time, a drone attack by the Houthis in Abu Dhabi has claimed the lives of two indians.
The two Indians killed in the suspected Houthi drone strike in Abu Dhabi on Monday have been identified, the Indian Embassy said on Tuesday, but did not reveal further details. It said two of the six injured are also Indians.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that Al Nahyan “shared the details of the attack” and assured that the UAE government “would extend the fullest support to the families of the deceased.”
It said Jaishankar “condemned the terror attack in the strongest terms”. “He emphasized that in this day and age, such an attack on innocent civilians was completely unacceptable and against all civilized norms,” the ministry said.