UAE Clamps Down On Social Media Footage Of Yemen Rebel Attack
The United Arab Emirates’ top prosecutor Wednesday summoned several people who had shared on social media footage of a Yemeni rebel attack on Abu Dhabi, the state news agency said.
The Huthi rebels fired ballistic missiles on the Emirates’ capital Monday amid escalated fighting with the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling them and of which the UAE is a part.
“The Public Prosecution has met with several individuals who circulated a social media video that showed defence forces intercepting Huthi terrorist attacks against critical facilities in the UAE,” said state news agency WAM.
The prosecutor’s office warned social media users that “such videos threaten vital and military facilities in the country and national security and stability”.
Top prosecutor Hamad al-Shamsi said the state would “take the appropriate legal action against related crimes”, without specifying the measures or penalties, said WAM.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to prop up the internationally recognised government after the Huthis seized the capital Sanaa months earlier.
Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict which the United Nations has labelled the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
On Monday, Abu Dhabi announced that its defence forces had intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by the Huthis. No casualties were recorded.
The attack came a week after the Huthis killed three people in a drone and missile assault on Abu Dhabi — the first deadly attack on UAE soil claimed by Huthis and acknowledged by the Emiratis.
The attack triggered a volley of deadly coalition airstrikes on Yemen, while Huthis, in turn, threatened to escalate their attack on the Emirates.