On Monday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) intercepted two ballistic missiles over Abu Dhabi
The Ministry of Defence claims the missiles were fired by the Houthi terrorist militia.
The Ministry also confirmed that there were no casualties.
Fragments from the missiles fell in several areas around Abu Dhabi.
Al Jazeera shared video footage of the missiles being intercepted:
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The United Arab Emirates intercepted two incoming ballistic missiles over its capital Abu Dhabi early Monday morning, state media agency WAM reported.
“The Ministry of Defence announced on Monday that its air defence forces had intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles targeting the UAE, which were fired by the Houthi terrorist militia,” the agency said.
The ministry confirmed that there were no casualties from the attack, and that “fragments of the ballistic missiles fell in different areas” around Abu Dhabi.
Residents in Abu Dhabi recounted being woken up by the sound of blasts, with some telling CNBC they initially thought it was thunder. Videos shared on social media showed streaks of light shooting across the Abu Dhabi night sky followed by the sounds of explosions, believed to be interceptor missiles. The footage has not been verified by CNBC but showed known features of the UAE capital.
Stock markets across the oil-rich region fell following the news, with Dubai’s main share index, the Dubai Financial Market General Index, falling by more than 2%. The index’s six most valuable stocks were all down, with blue chip property giant Emaar leading losses of more than 3.5%.
The Wall Street Journal provided more details on the attack:
The United Arab Emirates said it intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting its capital, Abu Dhabi, the latest attack by Houthi rebels to threaten the country’s reputation as a secure hub for international businesses in the Middle East and widen Yemen’s yearslong civil war.
The U.A.E said early Monday that the attack by the Houthis resulted in no casualties but scattered shards of missiles across Abu Dhabi. Videos posted to social media before dawn on Monday showed bright lights in the sky above the city, and residents reported hearing explosions.
More videos of the missiles being intercepted circulated around social media: