The drones managed to penetrate Emirati airspace however have been destroyed away from populated areas, the ministry stated on Twitter.
It’s unclear to whom the drones belonged. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, a doable wrongdoer, haven’t claimed accountability.
The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been at warfare with the Houthis since 2015. The coalition has been combating to revive Yemen’s internationally acknowledged authorities after it was ousted by Houthi forces, who now management a lot of the nation.
In 2019, the UAE pulled most of its troops from Yemen, after privately deeming the warfare unwinnable. The marketing campaign didn’t crush the rebels and exacted an enormous humanitarian toll.
The UAE had largely averted the firing line, with Houthis opting as a substitute to strike Saudi Arabia till lately. The Houthis have launched a sequence of assaults on the Emiratis, starting with a January 17 drone strike that killed three international staff within the capital, Abu Dhabi. The Saudi-led coalition responded with a weeklong offensive in Yemen, killing scores of individuals and knocking out the web.
On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin informed Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed that the US can be deploying fifth-generation fighters to help in opposition to the Houthi risk. The transfer was welcomed by the UAE.
The UAE has additionally been lobbying the US to redesignate the Houthis as a international terror group, which US President Joe Biden stated is “under consideration.”
January’s assaults have shocked residents of the UAE. Abu Dhabi has repeatedly been ranked one of many most secure cities on the planet. For many years, the UAE staved off turbulence in a crisis-ridden area, attracting thousands and thousands of expatriates and massive volumes of international funding.