Saudi Arabia, UAE thwart Houthi missiles as escalation rises amid deadly airstrikes

12:51 PM | 24 Jan, 2022
Saudi Arabia, UAE thwart Houthi missiles as escalation rises amid deadly airstrikes

RIYADH – The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have thwarted Houthi missiles targeting the Gulf nations as escalation grows.

Reports in international media quoting sources said a ballistic missile launched toward Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Al Janub was intercepted early on Monday, while the UAE destroyed two missiles launched by the Houthis targeting Abu Dhabi.

Shrapnel from the destroyed missile was landed in an industrial zone in the Kingdom while no injuries or fatalities were reported. Authorities claimed that they destroyed the launch pad where ballistic missiles were fired from in Yemen’s Al-Jawf.

The Defense Ministry of UAE also revealed that no causalities or injuries were reported as they intercepted two ballistic missiles. The attacks come less than a week after a deadly attack on Abu Dhabi was claimed by the Iran-backed Houthis that killed 3 people including a Pakistani.

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