Houthi rebels in Yemen said that they had fired a cruise missile at a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, their first attempt in the two-year-old conflict to strike a target in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE denied the report yesterday, and said that the al-Barakah nuclear plant was secure against all eventualities. The country’s emergency and crisis management department said that the Emirates possessed a missile-defence system to deal with such threats. The Houthis have repeatedly threatened to strike the UAE, Saudi Arabia’s lead partner in its operation to oust the Iran-backed fighters from power. “The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile . . . towards the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” the Houthi statement said.
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