Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

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Flights at Dubai’s international airport, one of the world’s busiest, were briefly disrupted on Sunday due to “suspected drone activity,” officials said.

Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday.

Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February.

However, the latest disruption comes after military drones were used to stage attacks on Saudi Arabia, including last week’s attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia last week threatened to use military drones to strike targets in the United Arab Emirates, which is a key partner in the Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

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