Yemen Rebels Claim to Have Attacked UAE's Abu Dhabi Airport With Drone

UAE denies reports, says operations running normally ■ The airport tweeted there had been an incident involving a supply vehicle

A photographer takes pictures of what officials describe as an Iranian Qasef drone captured on the battlefield in Yemen, during a news conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 19, 2018.
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Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi movement said on Thursday it had attacked Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates with a drone, though it was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties. 

A UAE official denied the report on the Houthi-run Yemeni TV station Al Masirah, saying that operations were running normally.

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Abu Dhabi airport tweeted earlier in the day that there had been an incident involving a supply vehicle which had not affected operations, but it was unclear if it was referring to the same incident. 

The report comes a day after the Houthis attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing slight damage, after the Houthis reported targeting a Saudi warship in the area. 

Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen for three years against the Houthis, who control much of North Yemen including the capital Sanaa and drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014. 

The Saudi-led coalition says one of the main justifications for its intervention is to protect shipping routes such as the Red Sea, which is used to bring Middle Eastern oil and Asian goods to Europe through the Suez Canal. It has said that it foiled previous attacks in the Red Sea in April and May.