The latest Iran-backed Houthi attack on UAE land attracted harsh criticism, with GCC members and international leaders expressing solidarity with the Gulf States.
According to the Emirati official media WAM, the foreign affairs ministries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and Kuwait have expressed sympathy with the UAE and offered assistance in ensuring the country’s “security and stability.”
The UAE successfully intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis on Monday, as well as the launch location in Yemen.
According to a WAM report, the UAE’s defense ministry reported no damage because the missile’s debris fell in unpopulated regions.
According to a statement released by WAM, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, “these terrorist acts by the Houthi militia demonstrate its brazen rejection of the international community and disrespect for all international laws and standards.”
The attempted assaults were also denounced by the Australian ambassador at a meeting between Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that Turkey “stands with friendly and fraternal nations” after “strongly denouncing” the incident during a news conference in Bahrain.
This is the Houthis’ third cross-border aerial strike against the UAE in less than three weeks.
On January 17, the Houthis conducted a lethal missile and drone strike on an oil storage in Abu Dhabi.
Three people were killed as a result of the hit, and three petroleum tankers were reported to have exploded.
This was followed by another missile strike on Abu Dhabi on January 24, which was intercepted with no injuries, according to officials. The UAE confirmed at the time that it had collaborated with US soldiers at al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi.
A senior White House official confirmed on Monday that US military troops have deployed Patriot surface-to-air missiles in response to the Houthis’ ballistic rockets.
During a statement made before meeting with Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, US President Joe Biden emphasized that the US was in “daily touch with the UAE” to address these concerns.
“I’ve asked Secretary Austin to do all he can to express the United States’ support for the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf area.” “America will have our allies in the region’s back,” Biden stated.