UAE intercepts, destroys three hostile drones that penetrated its airspace: UAE defense ministry

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Feb 2022

The Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced in a statement on late Wednesday the interception and destruction of three hostile drones that penetrated the country’s airspace at dawn yesterday away from populated areas.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
File Photo: Drivers take a road leading to Abu Dhabi s airport in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. AFP

The Emirati ministry affirmed in a statement its “full readiness to deal with any threats,” adding that it will “take all necessary measures to protect the UAE from any attacks.”

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the past few drone and missile attacks on the UAE in the last three weeks. 

A Saudi-led coalition that the UAE backs supports the internationally recognised government in Yemen, which has been fighting the Houthi rebels since 2015.

Egypt has strongly condemned the Houthi attacks on the UAE, describing them as “cowardly acts of terrorism” that pose “a threat to the security and stability of the region.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the United States announced that it will deploy a guided missile destroyer and state-of-the-art fighter jets to help defend the UAE after a series of missile attacks by the Yemeni rebels.

On Monday, the UAE intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis and reported no losses.

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