UAE Armed Forces shoot down two Houthi drones in Yemen

The drones were targetting Yemeni troops and carrying explosives.

A photographer takes pictures of what officials describe as an Iranian Qasef drone captured on the battlefield in Yemen, during a news conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Officials involved in the Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen known as Houthis showed journalists on Tuesday materiel captured on the battlefield that they alleged show Iran's hand in arming the rebels. Iran long has denied arming the Houthis, despite reports by the United Nations, Western countries and outside groups linking them to the rebels' arsenal. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

The UAE Armed Forces intercepted two drones launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen targeting troops loyal to the internationally-recognised government.

“The two Iranian Qasef-1 drones belonging to the Houthis were carrying explosives,” reported the UAE’s state news agency, Wam, on Tuesday.

“They were headed to areas near the Yemeni troops loyal to the legitimate government and backed by the Arab coalition.

“One was headed towards the district of Al Mokha and the second towards densely populated cities in the district of Al Khokha in the Hodeidah province.”

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Wam also reported that the UAE Armed Forces destroyed a boat along the western coast of Yemen that belonged to the rebels.

“The Houthi forces are using speed boats to plant sea mine along the coast, which is in violation of international law and considered to be terrorist behaviour.”

A Saudi-led coalition, of which the UAE plays a major part, intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 at the request of Mr Hadi’s government to restore its power and push back the Tehran-backed rebels after they took over control of the capital Sanaa.

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“The Houthis’ aim was to execute terrorist operations against civilians in a desperate attempt to cover their huge losses along the western coast [of Yemen],” said Wam.

“The Houthi militias continue to target Yemeni cities and districts with aircraft carrying explosives, which [implicate] the Iranian regime that is providing them with weapons in violation of international laws.”

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