U.A.E. Shoots Down Missile Fired by Yemen’s Houthis During Israeli Visit

DUBAI—The United Arab Emirates navy said Monday it intercepted a ballistic missile fired at Abu Dhabi by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, just hrs immediately after Israel’s president commenced a historic pay a visit to to the Persian Gulf region.

The missile assault, which brought about no accidents or main disruptions, was the Houthis’ 3rd aerial assault on the U.A.E. in as numerous weeks, as Yemen’s civil war threatens to spill over into other elements of the region.

The Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition that contains the U.A.E considering that 2015 just after the rebels took regulate of Yemen’s cash, San’a. The Houthis have vowed to retaliate towards a coalition offensive that has not too long ago dealt the rebel group its initially major defeats in many years.

The Houthis explained they experienced carried out “a big-scale military services procedure deep inside of the U.A.E.” and stated they would disclose facts later.

The Emirati Protection Ministry stated fragments of the ballistic missile had fallen exterior of populated places, and authorities explained it hadn’t induced air-website traffic disruptions. The ministry mentioned coalition forces responded by destroying a missile launcher in Yemen that allegedly fired the rocket.

The assault took put hrs soon after Israeli President

Isaac Herzog

landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi. His check out is the initial by a head of the Jewish condition pursuing its recognition by the U.A.E. underneath the Abraham Accords in 2020. Mr. Herzog’s obligations are mostly ceremonial, but the occasion was a reminder of the significantly close marriage Israel and the U.A.E. have cast.

President Herzog satisfied Sheikh

Mohamed bin Zayed

al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto leader of the U.A.E., at the presidential palace and was greeted with the Israeli nationwide anthem and a 21-gun salute, in accordance to video clip of the party.

The Israeli president called for extra nations around the world to be a part of the Abraham Accords and condemned the Houthis’ previous attacks on Abu Dhabi. Israeli media claimed Mr. Herzog’s stop by would continue as standard on Monday.

The U.S., Israel and Saudis have prolonged accused Iran of supplying the Houthis with the weaponry and know-how to goal their neighbors and hold Tehran’s foes off equilibrium. Iran has denied arming the Houthis, even though it does voice help for their trigger.

Mr. Herzog’s stop by activated offended responses amongst some Iranian tough-liners. “The existence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf is unacceptable for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” reported a

Twitter

account affiliated with the Islamic Groundbreaking Guard Corps. “Only fireplace can purify the devil’s footsteps in the Persian Gulf. Excellency Mohamed bin Zayed. We will supply it for you.”

Past 7 days, the Emirati and U.S. forces explained they jointly intercepted two ballistic missiles by Houthi rebels targeting Abu Dhabi. An assault on the U.A.E. in mid-January killed 3 men and women and injured six some others.

The Saudi-led forces in new times have also carried out a lot of deadly airstrikes on Houthi-managed territory in northern Yemen.

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