The undated photo, provided by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command, shows a Yemeni missile shortly after launch.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Yemen’s Houthi group has fired a cruise missile toward a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the group’s television service reported on its website on Sunday, without providing any evidence. There were no reports of any missiles reaching the UAE.
The Houthis control much of northern Yemen and had said Abu Dhabi, a member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting against them since 2015, was a target for their missiles.
“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile ... toward the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” the website said. It gave no further details.
Colonel Aziz Rashid, a spokesman for the Yemeni army, has told Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV channel that the missile attack was a political and military response to the UAE's role in the destruction of Yemen. He insisted that the missile had hit the intended target.
The United Arab Emirates' state-run news agency has, however, denied reports of a Yemeni missile striking the under-construction nuclear plant. WAM said the UAE has air-defense systems that can protect it against such threats.
The Barakah project, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) (015760.KS), is expected to be completed and become operational in 2018, the UAE energy minister has said.
It is the second time this year the Houthis have said they have fired missiles toward the UAE. A few months ago they said they had “successfully” test fired a missile toward Abu Dhabi.