US condemns Houthi ‘troublesome’ missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE


WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday condemned missile attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against targets in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, calling the incidents a “troublesome escalation” in the conflict.

Missiles were intercepted with US help over the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Monday, while others fired at Saudi Arabia in areas bordering Yemen did two wounded.

US Central Command said in a statement that its forces at Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi had “engaged two incoming missile threats with multiple Patriot interceptors coinciding with the efforts of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces” .

The missile launches came a week after the Iran-backed Houthis killed three people in a drone and missile assault on Abu Dhabi, triggering a volley of deadly airstrikes on Yemen.

“We reaffirm our commitment to help strengthen the defense of our Saudi and Emirati partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

“These attacks on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, along with the recent airstrikes in Yemen that killed civilians, represent a troubling escalation that only exacerbates the suffering of the Yemeni people,” Price said.

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price pauses during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

“We call on all parties to the conflict to commit to a ceasefire, to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law… and to participate fully in an inclusive UN-led peace process. “

Centcom spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said U.S. forces had “enforced a heightened alert posture at the time of the attack, the second in the space of a week, which involved airmen using available bunkers”.

“US forces in Al-Dhafra remain vigilant and ready to respond to any further attacks,” he added.

In Yemen’s protracted civil war, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others are backing the government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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