TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has fired a cruise missile toward a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the group’s television network said on its website on Sunday.
“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile … toward the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” the website said, Reuters reported.
The report gave no further details.
The Barakah project, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), is expected to be completed and become operational in 2018, the UAE energy minister has said.
The United Arab Emirates, however, on Sunday denied the missile attack against the country’s under-construction nuclear plant.
“The National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority denies the claim that the Houthis fired a missile toward the country,” the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency said. “The UAE possesses an air defense system capable of dealing with any threat of any type or kind.”
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.
Yemeni forces regularly fire ballistic missiles at positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
The UAE has been a key ally of Saudi Arabia in its military campaign against Yemen, which has killed thousands of people since March 2015.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.