UAE denies nuclear plant targeted by Houthi missile

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied a report that Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a cruise missile towards its airspace.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said in a statement on Sunday that “the UAE’s air defence system is capable of dealing with any threats”.

Houthi rebels, who control vast swaths of Yemeni territory, earlier said they had launched a cruise missile towards a nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

According to a report in the Houthi-run Saba news agency, the missile hit the Barakah nuclear power station, which is under construction. A website for the Houthi-owned television network al-Masirah also reported the attack.

“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile … towards al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” said a statement posted on both websites.

In a statement, authorities in the UAE told residents “not to pay attention to such rumours disseminated by media agencies issuing false news that question the UAE’s capabilities, strength and security”.

The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war against the Houthis in Yemen since March 2015.

“A cruise missile would not go all the way to Abu Dhabi, so we would be talking about ballistic missiles,” said Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London.

Source Aljazeera English

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