Iran-Backed Houthis Claim Drone Strikes on UAE

Iran-Backed Houthis Claim Drone Strikes on UAE
It's one of the biggest attacks to date on UAE soil.

The UAE joined a Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015 after the Houthis swept through the north of the country. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and helped create one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The Houthis claimed attacks on the UAE in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, they said they had fired a ballistic missile at a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, but the UAE at the time denied the show of force ever happened. The following year the fighters said they had fired drones at Dubai’s main airport.

The UAE began withdrawing from Yemen in late 2019, partly to avert attracting attacks on its own soil, but maintained links to separatist groups and has increased airstrikes in recent weeks.  

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the UAE’s de facto ruler, canceled a planned meeting with visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday due to an “unforeseen matter of state,” South Korea’s presidential office said, without elaborating. It wasn’t clear if the cancellation was linked to the attack. 

--With assistance from Farah Elbahrawy and Dana Khraiche.


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