The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was previously on a US list of “do not go” places owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the US State Department has added the “threat of missile or drone attacks” to a travel advisory.
On Thursday, the Department added the additional potential danger to its travel warning for the UAE, which was already at the highest category, “do not travel.”
“The possibility of attacks affecting US citizens and interests in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula remains an ongoing, serious concern,” the Department of State said.
“Rebel groups operating in Yemen have stated an intent to attack neighboring countries, including the UAE, using missiles and drones. Recent missile and drone attacks targeted populated areas and civilian infrastructure”, the Department also added.
The announcement came ten days after three individuals were killed in Abu Dhabi by a drone and missile strike claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. On Monday, another rocket strike on the UAE capital momentarily delayed air traffic.
On Monday, the US military claimed it assisted in the interception of two Houthi missiles intended for Al Dhafra airfield, which houses around 2,000 American service members.