UAE Shoots Down another Ballistic Missile Fired by the Houthi Group
The UAE on Monday, 24th January 2022, intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles which were fired towards the capital city of Abu Dhabi by the terrorist organization Houthi Group. This statement was made by the Ministry of Defence after two Indians and one Pakistani were killed in a rare drone and missile attack which was later on claimed by Yemeni rebels. Ministry of Defence claimed that there were no human deaths, and the intercepted and destroyed parts of the ballistic missiles fell in the areas surrounding Abu Dhabi.
The Ministry of Defence tweeted, “The air defenses had intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by the terrorist Houthi Group towards the country on Monday”. According to the official WAM News Agency, the Ministry of Defence said that they are ready to deal with any threat and would take all necessary actions to protect the nation against such threats.
The Ministry urged the people to rely on the news as reported by reliable sources in the country. This air attack came a week after a fuel depot in Abu Dhabi and City’s main airport was attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, which added to the tensions in the oil-exporting region.
On the morning of 17th January, two civilian infrastructures, Musaffah ICAD 3 area and the new construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport were targeted by the rebels of the Houthi group. The attack in which three petroleum tankers were exploded, killed two Indians, one Pakistani, and injured six other civilians. The UAE put the Houthi rebel group for this act and warned that this sinful act will not go unpunished. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE “reserves its right to retaliate to these terrorist attacks and this sinful criminal escalation”.
UNSC Condemns the Act
On Friday after the attack, UN Security Council strongly condemned the ‘odious’ terror attacks in Abu Dhabi in which two Indians and one Pakistani were killed. UNSC expressed condolence to the families of those who deceased in this attack.
In a press release by the 15-nation council, the dynamic UN organ condemned in the strongest terms the “heinous terrorist attack” in Abu Dhabi on the 17th of January, as well as other sites in Saudi Arabia. According to the Statement released, “The members of the Security Council express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the Houthi attacks and the Government of India and Pakistan, and they wish speedy and full recovery of those who were injured in the attack”.The Council Members restated that terrorism and its manifestation in any form constitutes one of the most serious menaces to international peace and security.
After the attack on the 17th of January, the UAE government has banned all flying operations of light sports aircraft and private drones in the Country for a month. This ban also included air and sail spots. The rebel group Houthi has taken responsibility for several drone attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities in the past as well. The UAE is also a part of the coalition in Yemen fighting Houthis, which is led by Saudi Arabia.