UAE denies drone attack on airport


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) denied reports that Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi movement attacked Abu Dhabi airport with a drone and said operations were unaffected.

Houthi-run media said earlier a Sammad-3 drone launched three strikes on the facility, disrupting air traffic, but did not provide any evidence and there were no reports of damage or casualties.
“Operations at the airport are business as usual,” a UAE official told Reuters.

Houthis attacked two tankers in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait a day earlier, prompting Saudi Arabia to suspend oil shipments through the strategic Red Sea lane.

Houthis control much of northern Yemen and said Abu Dhabi, a member of the Western-backed coalition fighting them since 2015, was a target.

The UAE has an advanced anti-missile interception system – the Theatre High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) designed to destroy short- and intermediate-range missiles both inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

Abu Dhabi airport tweeted earlier there had been an incident involving a supply vehicle which had not affected operations, but it was unclear if it was referring to the same incident.