جميع منشورات Farhan Nisar Abbasi . دبي و الامارات العربية الم
The U.S. military intervened on Monday to help the United Arab Emirates thwart a missile attack by rebels in Yemen on an air base where about 2,000 American personnel are stationed, U.S. and Emirati officials said.
The attack marked a sharp escalation in tensions as it was the second in a week aimed at the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been at war with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen for years. Though the Houthis frequently target Saudi Arabia, which borders Yemen, strikes aimed at the Emirates had been rare until recently, as have American interventions like the one on Monday, and the country has been considered a safe haven in a tumultuous region.
The rebels said that they had targeted Al Dhafra Air Base in the capital, Abu Dhabi, which hosts the U.S. Air Force’s 380th Air Expeditionary Wing and has about 2,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel stationed there. The U.S. deployed Patriot missile defenses at the base.
“U.S. forces at Al Dhafra Air Base, near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), engaged two inbound missile threats with multiple Patriot interceptors coincident to efforts by the armed forces of the U.A.E.,” said Capt. Bill Urban, chief spokesman for the U.S. Central Command. “The combined efforts successfully prevented both missiles from impacting the base,” it added. American and Emirati officials said there were no casualties.
Farhan Nisar Abbasi