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UAE denies Houthi claim that missile launched towards Abu Dhabi nuclear reactor

A Shiite Huthi rebel fighter shouts slogans as he stands guard during a rally in the capital Sanaa, on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on November 30, 2017
Mohammed HUWAIS (AFP)
The group made the claim via its television service’s website without providing any evidence

The United Arab Emirates has denied a claim by the Houthi rebel group in Yemen that it fired a cruise missile towards a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority told the official WAM news agency that no missile was fired from Yemen towards its territory.

The Iran-backed Houthis made the claim Sunday via its television service’s website, without providing any evidence.

“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile...toward the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” a statement carried by the Houthi-linked Al Masirah website said.

The group said the missile launch came after air strikes on rebel-held territory by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, of which the UAE is a part.

The Saudi-led Arab military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Houthis forced him into exile. Coalition air strikes have faced repeated international criticism over civilian casualties.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels who fired a missile intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4.

Iran has repeatedly denied that it is supplying the Houthis with arms.

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You to get Iran missiles or from NoKo or perhaps Putin or China!

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