Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed through their TV channel on Sunday that they fired a missile targeting a nuclear reactor under construction in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but there has been no independent confirmation from Abu Dhabi.
While no other parties have confirmed the launch or strike, several reliable sources including journalist Mina Al-Oraibi have confirmed all is quiet in the capital.
This is not the first time Houthis have threatened targets in the United Arab Emirates and neighbors since the Yemeni Civil War broke out on Mar. 22, 2015.
“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile…toward the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” reads a report on the Houthi TV service website, as translated by Reuters news agency.
Recently, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh dropped his alliance with the Houthis and move ahead with bargaining for a deal with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has been fighting loyalist forces and militants in an effort to bring peace to Yemen.
Mr. Saleh made clear he would be ready to “turn the page” should the international coalition lifted a partial blockade on the country and halted attacks against forces loyal to him.
Houthi leadership described the switch in approach as “treason”.
The United Nations has expressed grave concerns over the famine in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East.
More details to follow. Image of Houthi fighters from