The Houthi militia’s claim of targeting of the United Arab Emirates’ Barakah nuclear power plant represents a major shift in the militant group’s propaganda in the Yemen war.
The statement issued on Sunday claimed that a ‘winged’ cruise missile targeted the power plant located 600 kilometers south of Abu Dhabi.
While the Houthi militia utilizes Iranian weapons, the fact is that since 2015 cruise missiles have only been used in anti-ship operations near the strait of Bab el-Mandeb.
Of all Gulf nations, the UAE stands with one of the world’s most advanced missile defense systems that has been in development since the turn of the century.
The UAE acquired two THAAD systems and have deployed them since 2016 to become the first gulf nation to do so. (AP)
The UAE has 9 PATRIOT batteries deploye accorss the country. (ASDS-Media)
The advanced PATRIOT systems can target both aircraft and missile threats. (AFP)