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Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on UAE

04 December 2017

Yemen’s Ansar Allah group further fuelled suspicion that it is receiving Iranian strategic weapons when it claimed it had carried out a long-range cruise missile attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A still taken from a video released by Ansar Allah shows the long-range cruise missile that it said it launched at the nuclear reactor construction site in Abu Dhabi. (Al-Masirah TV)A still taken from a video released by Ansar Allah shows the long-range cruise missile that it said it launched at the nuclear reactor construction site in Abu Dhabi. (Al-Masirah TV)

The group, popularly known as the Houthis, stated on 3 December that the cruise missile hit the UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant, which is being constructed on the Gulf coast in the west of Abu Dhabi emirate, around 1,000 km from rebel-controlled territory in Yemen.

Abd-al-Malik Badr-al-Din al-Houthi, one of the group’s leaders, announced in September that it had tested a missile capable of reaching Abu Dhabi.

The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority denied that an attack had taken place in a statement to the official WAM news agency.





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