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24 January 2022

The Saudi-led coalition reported downing a Huthi missile bound for Saudi Arabia; debris caused material damage. Another missile landed in a civilian neighbourhood in Jizan, injuring two and causing material damage. A Huthi military spokesperson claimed that they had targeted “sensitive sites in Jizan and Asir [and] a number of military bases” with missiles and drones. The same day, CENTCOM confirmed that “U.S. forces at al-Dhafra Air Base, near Abu Dhabi in the UAE, engaged two inbound missile threats with multiple Patriot interceptors” and, along with UAE forces, “successfully prevented both missiles from impacting the base. There were no U.S. casualties”. The Huthi official said that other than the base, they had attacked “vital and important sites in Dubai” using drones. The U.S. denounced the attack as a “troubling escalation” and expressed “commitment to help strengthen the defence of our Saudi and Emirati partners”. Iranian Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian maintained that “we are concerned about the escalation of the war and call on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to take a political and constructive approach to end the humanitarian blockade, end the war and accept the Yemeni-Yemeni talks as the continuation of the ongoing situation is not in the interest of the region”.

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