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UAE Says Missiles and Drones Used in Attack, Some Intercepted

UAE Says Missiles and Drones Used in Attack, Some Intercepted

Thursday, 20 January, 2022 - 14:15
This handout satellite image made available by Planet Labs PBC shows white fire-suppressing foam after a blaze at a fuel depot of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the Musaffah industrial district in the Emirati capital, on January 17, 2022. (Photo by 2022 Planet Labs PBC. / AFP)

UAE’s ambassador to the United States said Thursday that cruise missiles and ballistic missiles alongside drones were used in Monday's deadly attack on the United Arab Emirates, which intercepted part of the attack.

The assault killed three civilians in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE said the attack - claimed by Yemen’s Houthi militias - hit a fuel depot of state oil firm ADNOC in Musaffah and a construction site near Abu Dhabi airport. Abu Dhabi police said they found parts of small planes that could possibly be drones.

"Several attacks - a combination of cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and drones - targeted civilian sites in the UAE. Several were intercepted," Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said.

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his administration is considering re-designating the Houthis as an international terrorist organization following the attack on the UAE.

Asked if he supported returning the Iran-backed Houthis to the US list of foreign terrorist organizations, from which they were removed nearly a year ago, Biden replied, "The answer is, it's under consideration."

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