Ballistic missiles intercepted over Abu Dhabi; U.S. State Department issues alert

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An Emirati pistillate paddles a canoe past skyscrapers successful Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, connected Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates intercepted 2 incoming ballistic missiles implicit its superior Abu Dhabi aboriginal Monday morning, authorities media bureau WAM reported.

"The Ministry of Defence announced connected Monday that its aerial defence forces had intercepted and destroyed 2 ballistic missiles targeting the UAE, which were fired by the Houthi violent militia," the bureau said.

The ministry confirmed that determination were nary casualties from the attack, and that "fragments of the ballistic missiles fell successful antithetic areas" astir Abu Dhabi.

The U.S. State Department issued a information alert soon aft the attempted attack, informing Americans successful the country to instrumentality precautionary measures.

"There person been reports of a imaginable rocket onslaught and accompanying rocket defence enactment implicit Abu Dhabi aboriginal this morning. The Embassy reminds each U.S. citizens successful the United Arab Emirates to support a precocious level of information awareness," the alert read.

The targeted rocket motorboat comes conscionable 1 week aft a deadly Houthi-claimed onslaught connected Abu Dhabi that utilized what UAE officials accidental were drones and missiles. The strikes deed a substance retention installation of authorities lipid steadfast ADNOC and a operation tract adjacent Abu Dhabi International airport, sidesplitting 3 people.

"The Houthi militia successful Yemen has claimed work for the January 17 onslaught connected Abu Dhabi and stated an intent to onslaught neighboring countries, including the UAE, utilizing missiles and unmanned aerial systems (drones)," the State Department alert said.

The Houthis, a Yemeni rebel question backed by Iran, person since 2015 been astatine warfare with a Saudi-led conjugation that includes the UAE. The bloody and drawn-out conflict, which has pushed tens of thousands of Yemenis into famine, was acceptable disconnected with the Saudi-led bombing violative that started successful March of 2015 aft Houthi militants took implicit Yemen's authorities and pushed retired a enactment that was backed by the Saudis.

While Abu Dhabi mostly reduced its country's crushed forces from Yemen successful 2019, it inactive supports proxy forces there, immoderate of which person stripped Houthis of cardinal territorial gains aft months of dense fighting. Analysts accidental the attacks connected the UAE are retaliation for that.

Drone usage — adjacent commercialized — has been banned crossed the UAE, and the Ministry of Defense said Monday it has "full readiness to woody with immoderate threats," and that it volition "take each indispensable measures to support the UAE from immoderate attacks."