The UAE intercepted two ballistic missiles targeted towards Abu Dhabi early Monday, according to its state-run news agency, the newest strike on the Emirati capital.
Later, a spokesperson for Yemen’s Houthi rebel force announced that assaults had been conducted against both the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but did not elaborate.
As Yemen’s years-long civil unrest lingers, the strike in Abu Dhabi, which comes after another attack last week that killed three people and injured six, amplifies tensions throughout the Persian Gulf.
As talks over Iran’s cracked nuclear agreement with Western powers continue, that battle, which involves Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against a Saudi-led coalition, has developed into a regional crisis.
Years of violence throughout the area have emerged from the failure of the deal.
Missile components dropped harmlessly above Abu Dhabi, according to the state-run WAM news agency.
The UAE Defense Ministry notified WAM that the government is ready to cope with any threat and is implementing all appropriate measures to preserve the state from any attacks.
Before daybreak, on Monday, the sky above the capital lit up with points of light that resembled interceptor missiles in the sky, according to videos shared on social media. The videos were based on well-known Abu Dhabi sites.
For almost an hour shortly after the incident, traffic into Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is home to long-haul airline Etihad, was interrupted.
In response to the questions from the Associated Press about Monday’s strike, a Houthi military spokesperson did not initially react.
A Houthi spokesperson, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, subsequently tweeted.
Following that, the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi published a security alert to American residents in the UAE, encouraging them to keep a high degree of security awareness.
The advisory featured instructions on how to respond to missile assaults, which had never been seen or heard of in the UAE.
The strike occurred a week after Houthi rebels in Yemen took credit for an attack on the Emirati capital, which specifically aimed at the airport and a petroleum station run by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in the Mussafah district.