Yemen Houthi rebel leader claims UAE is in missile range
The leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels, Abdulmalek Badruddin Al-Houthi, claimed Thursday that his group possesses missiles that can hit the UAE, and had already launched missiles at the Gulf state. He did not specify the timing of the launches or the type or number of missiles involved. He also claimed that his forces have drones capable of reaching and operating in Saudi airspace.
DEBKAfile military sources: The distance from the easternmost point in Yemen to Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is 1,050km, while the distance from the area of Yemen's capital Sana'a to Abu Dhabi is more than 1,500km.
Up until now the Houthis have fired Fateh-110 missiles, provided to them by Iran, at main Saudi cities such as Riyadh and Mecca. But those missiles that have a maximum range of only 900km have never hit their intended targets.
If the rebel leader's claim is true and his forces have missiles capable of striking the UAE, it means that Iran supplied the Houthis with new ground-to-ground missiles with longer ranges. His statement came as the Saudi and UAE air forces increased their attacks on Houthi missile batteries over the last few days.