Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi early Monday morning; The missile attack followed the deadly drone attack on the city last week. The UAE Ministry of Defense said, “air defense intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi terrorist group.”
Eye Witnesses in Abu Dhabi said they heard the sounds of explosions at around 4:15 a.m.; and saw what they described as fireballs in the sky. The ministry said it is “ready to deal with all threats, and that it takes all required measures to protect the state from all attacks.”
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According to the airport’s website, several incoming flights to Abu Dhabi airport were delayed. This was the first deadly attack in the UAE in years.
The spokesperson for Yemen’s Houthi rebels warned; “UAE is an unsafe state as long as its aggressive escalation against Yemen continues.” In response to the attack, the Saudi led coalition fighting in Yemen launched airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
On Saturday, the UAE banned drones in the country for one month. “The Ministry of Interior is currently stopping the flying of drones for enthusiasts and owners, and light sports aircraft;“ as reported late on Saturday.