Thursday, February 29, 2024

Several blasts heard over Abu Dhabi sky

Several explosions rang out across Abu Dhabi's skies. It comes after Yemen's armed forces said they are about to announce a "large-scale" military operation against the United Arab Emirates.

Various Arabic-language media outlets reported the explosions early on Monday. 

Earlier, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network cited spokesman of the country’s armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, as stating that the “forces are to announce a large-scale military op. in the Emirati depth in the coming hours.” 

The UAE is Saudi Arabia’s main partner in a 2015-present war that Riyadh and its allies have been waging against Yemen to change the impoverished country’s ruling structure. 

The military campaign has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 

The Yemeni forces that feature the army and its allied fighters from the Popular Committees have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms until the country’s complete liberation from the scourge of the Saudi-led invasion. 

Confirming Saree’s remarks, the news website reported that the planned “unprecedented and destructive” counterblow was to target as many as 50 “sensitive spots” across the UAE. 

The website, which was citing the “Military Information” department of Yemen’s National Salvation Government in the capital Sana’a, added that the retaliatory operation was to use as many as 300 drones, 50 ballistic missiles, and 46 cruise missiles. 

The aircraft and the projectiles, it said, were to crush “the UAE’s vital economic arteries.” 

Earlier this month, Yemen’s joint defense forces carried out two operations codenamed the “Yemen Storm 1” and “Yemen Storm 2”, which saw them striking targets deep inside Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A few days after the first operation, the Emirates grounded most private drones and light sports aircraft. 

Sabereen News has reported that the Emirates had grounded all flights at the airports lying in the two Emirati cities amid fears of the pending retaliation. 

The Emirati ministry of defense alleged that the country had intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from the direction of Yemen. 

Sabereen News, however, said the projectile had hit a shipbuilding factory in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah industrial area. 

The missile counterstrike comes as Israeli President Isaac Herzog is visiting the UAE in the first such trip, more than a year after Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv signed a United States-brokered normalization agreement that provoked a sharp backlash in the region. 

Reuters alleged that Herzog would continue his planned visit to the UAE regardless of the missile strike. 

Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper, however, cited the Israeli regime’s intelligence apparatus as asking him “to leave UAE immediately.”

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