Air Defences Intercept Ballistic Missiles

Jan 25, 2022

On 24 January 2022, officials with the Defense Ministry announced that the country’s air defenses intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired at the capital Abu Dhabi. Portions of the missiles fell in different areas across the capital after the interception, but there were no reports of casualties or damage. A spokesperson for the Houthi militant group in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the Houthis had targeted al-Dhafra Air Base (OMAM/DHF) on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, which also houses U.S. military forces. The UAE military retaliated by striking the suspected missile launch site in Yemen. In a previous occurrence on 17 January, a Houthi drone attack caused three fuel tankers to explode at the Mussafah Fuel Depot in Abu Dhabi, killing three people and injuring six more.

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