ISLAMABAD, Feb 01 (Asia Free Press): Pakistan has strongly condemned the launching of a missile attack from Al-Jawf, Yemen, by the Houthis militia towards the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“It is commendable that the missile was successfully intercepted by the air defence system of the UAE, preventing loss of innocent lives,” the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.
He said Pakistan considered these attacks as a grave violation of international law and a serious threat to regional peace and security and called for their immediate ending.
“Pakistan reaffirms its solidarity with the brotherly people and government of the United Arab Emirates,” it stated in a statement.
On Monday, the defence ministry of the UAE, part of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-backed rebels, said a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi terrorist group at the UAE again, but there were no casualties reported in the early morning attack.
The ministry said it responded to the attack by destroying the missile launch site in Yemen’s northern Al-Jawf region.
Monday’s attack marks the third since a drone and missile assault that killed three oil workers on January 17. A second that was intercepted was fired at the UAE a week later.
The January 17 attack was the first deadly one on the UAE claimed by the Houthis, who have also vowed to keep up their assaults.
The latest attack took place as Isaac Herzog made the first ever visit to the UAE by an Israeli president since the two countries normalised ties in 2020.
The Iran-backed Houthis began targeting UAE interests after a series of defeats on the ground in Yemen, inflicted by the UAE-trained Giants Brigade militia.
In early January, the rebels seized a UAE-flagged ship in the Red Sea, saying it was carrying weapons, which a claim later denied by the Emirates.