Houthi missiles and drone strikes thwarted: UAE claims

The United Arab Emirates has said it has foiled a second Houthi missile strike. The UAE Ministry of Defense, which is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said on Monday that it had destroyed two ballistic missiles. No casualties were reported in the operation.

On the other hand, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria said that the group fired Zulfiqar ballistic missiles at Abu Dhabi's Al-Dhabar airport, an air base used by the United States. The spokesman said the group had also carried out drone strikes in Dubai.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the United Arab Emirates has banned the use of recreational drones. The ban has been in place since Saturday. The Interior Ministry has said that if drones were found flying for recreation, legal action would be taken against the pilots. Drones flying for business purposes, such as filming, will require a special permit.

Drones are already banned in the UAE from residential areas, their suburbs and near airports. Prior permission from the Department of Civil Aviation is required to fly drones in these areas.

Yemen's Houthi group is fighting a Saudi-led coalition. The United Arab Emirates is also part of this alliance. The UAE supports the Yemeni militia, which is resisting the Houthi occupation of the oil-producing region of Yemen.

The Houthis have been carrying out missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia across the border for some time, and for the first time in a few days, on January 17, they launched a drone strike on Abu Dhabi, killing three people. A day later, coalition forces launched an air strike on a Houthi stronghold, killing several people.

The latest attacks have raised tensions in the region. It is commonly seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with Iran supporting the Houthi group on the one hand and the Saudi-backed government and its Gulf allies on the other. have been.

Meanwhile, the US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates has issued a security advisory, urging US citizens to be extra careful.

Karen Young, director of the Middle East Institute of Economics and Energy's program, says the sudden rise in tensions will have a devastating effect on the region. Threats have increased in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The potential threat to oil pipelines, oil installations and the civil aviation sector has increased.

(News content is taken from Reuters)

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