He discussed with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi the Houthi attacks.. The Pentagon deploys fifth-generation fighters to help the UAE
A Pentagon statement said that Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed, in a phone call, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the recent Houthi attacks on the UAE.
The statement added that Austin reviewed a set of measures taken by the US Department of Defense to support the UAE, including continuing to provide early warning intelligence and cooperation in the field of air defense, in addition to sending the US destroyer USS Cole to partner with the Navy. Emirati.
The Pentagon also said that Austin informed the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi of his decision to deploy fifth-generation fighters to help the UAE confront the current threat.
The statement added that the recent Houthi attacks had caused civilian casualties and posed a threat to the US and UAE forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base.
And last Sunday evening, the UAE Ministry of Defense announced – in a statement – that its air defense intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis towards the Emirates. “The attack did not result in any losses, as the remnants of the ballistic missile fell outside the populated areas,” the statement said.
The United States condemned the missile attack launched by the Houthi group on the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, coinciding with the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
On the other hand, the Houthi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, confirmed – in a statement – that the group bombed Abu Dhabi with ballistic missiles and Dubai with drones, and that the operation had achieved its goals.
He added, “We carried out a wide operation in the depth of the UAE with Zulfiqar ballistic missiles against qualitative and important targets in Abu Dhabi (unspecified).”
In recent days, the Houthi group has launched attacks on Emirati interests and sites, which began on January 3, by intercepting an Emirati cargo ship off Al Hudaydah Governorate (western Yemen), and then attacked Abu Dhabi with drones and ballistic missiles on January 17 and 25.