Houthi missile attack came on the same night that Israeli president met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince on his first official visit to the UAE as the country's head of state.

“We condemn the latest Houthi missile attack on Abu Dhabi,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Twitter.
“We condemn the latest Houthi missile attack on Abu Dhabi,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Twitter. (Reuters)

The US has condemned the Iranian-backed Yemen-based Houthis’ missile attack on Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

“We condemn the latest Houthi missile attack on Abu Dhabi,” State Department's spokesperson Ned Price said on Twitter. 

“While Israel’s president is visiting the UAE to build bridges and promote stability across the region, the Houthis continue to launch attacks that threaten civilians,” Price wrote.

The UAE’s “air defence intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi terrorist group towards the country," the UAE Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Sunday.

No damage was caused by the attack, the ministry stated.

It added that debris fell in an unpopulated area and there were no casualties. 

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Official visit continues 

The attack came on the same night that Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his first official visit to the UAE as the country's head of state.

Herzog will not interrupt his visit, presidential spokesperson Eylon Levy told Anadolu Agency, adding "the visit is expected to continue as planned."

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. 

A Saudi-led coalition including the UAE has been aiming at reinstating the Yemeni government.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies