UAE drone attack

January 24, 2022

The attack did not result in any casualties …

UAE Ministry of Defense on two missiles shot from nearby Yemen by Houthi rebels, the second such attack in recent days.
  • Yemen is a site of an ongoing civil war – the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels clash with the previous government backed by Saudi Arabia, UAE and, at times, the U.S.
  • Fighting has recently increased, leading to more casualties.
  • In the last week, the United Arab Emirates says the Houthi rebels launched a different attack that *did* lead to casualties – 3 people died when missiles hit a fuel storage facility and a construction site.

Why It Matters: The civil war in Yemen has often been described as a proxy war between larger regional players like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Questions have continued about if and when it becomes a larger, overt regional conflict. The attack on UAE shows an expansion of the conflict.

Ballistic missiles intercepted over Abu Dhabi; U.S. State Department issues alert (CNBC)

Urging De-Escalation and Mitigation of Civilian Harm in Yemen (U.S. Dept. of State)

UAE intercepts two ballistic missiles over Abu Dhabi with no casualties reported, Defense Ministry says (CNN)

by Jenna Lee,