The United Arab Emirates announced it shot down a ballistic missile fired on the country as Israel’s President Isaac Herzog was making a landmark visit to Abu Dhabi.
A statement from Herzog’s spokesman said that Israel’s president was informed of the incident and that his visit was expected to proceed as planned.
The UAE’s defense ministry said “air defenses intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi terrorist group towards the country.”
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, with the ministry saying the remnants of the missile fell in unpopulated areas after it was intercepted.
A Houthi spokesman said the group launched “missiles and aircraft” at “important and sensitive” targets in the UAE and indicated that the attack was intended to disrupt Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit.
The missile attack came as Israel’s president and his wife landed in Abu Dhabi for the first-ever official visit by an Israeli president to the United Arab Emirates.
The president and first lady were given a festive welcome by UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, which included the playing of both countries’ national anthems, and a 21-gun salute.
Later the president met with the UAE’s powerful Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for over two hours. Afterward, Bin Zayed invited Herzog for an unscheduled follow-up personal meeting at his private palace.
Bin Zayed is the UAE’s de facto leader, and he thanked Herzog for Israel’s condemnation of the Houthi attacks. Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett “ordered the Israeli security establishment to provide their counterparts in the UAE with any assistance” that could help to protect against future attacks.
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