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Claims rebels just attacked Abu Dhabi airport

A United Arab Emirates official has denied that Abu Dhabi airport was hit by a rebel attack on Thursday, despite claims to the contrary.




On its Al-Masirah television channel, Yemeni Houthi rebels said they attacked Abu Dhabi’s international airport with a Sammad-3 drone that had travelled 1,500kms to the hub.


According to Al Jazeera, the group said the drone launched three attacks on the Gulf airport.


But a UAE official said the allegations were untrue.


"Operations at the airport are business as usual," the unnamed official told Reuters.


Earlier in the day, Abu Dhabi airport had tweeted that there had been an incident at the airport involving a supply vehicle, although it was unclear if it was related to one of the alleged drone attacks.


No injuries and damage were reported, but social media users noted that many flights at the airport had been delayed.


Calling the UAE story “a lie”, Houthis spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam told Al Jazeera the Emirati nation couldn’t “deny the new reality on the ground".


Another Houthis spokesman, General Abdullah al-Jafri, said the alleged attack showed the group was capable of launching attacks against civilian infrastructure.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 27 July 2018

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