Flights at Dubai’s worldwide airport, one of many world’s busiest, had been briefly disrupted Sunday on account of “suspected drone exercise,” officers mentioned.
Two arriving flights needed to be diverted, it mentioned, whereas media experiences mentioned the planes had landed at a smaller airport within the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah.
“Dubai Airports can affirm that flight arrivals had been briefly disrupted at Dubai Worldwide from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE native time this afternoon on account of suspected drone exercise,” a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement Sunday.
Flights on the airport have been disrupted a number of instances in recent times by leisure drones, with the final incident occurring in February.
Nonetheless, the newest disruption after navy drones had been used to stage main assaults on Saudi Arabia, together with final week’s devastating strike on key oil services that knocked out half of Riyadh’s crude manufacturing.
Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels final week threatened to make use of navy drones to strike targets within the United Arab Emirates, which is a key associate within the Saudi-led coalition that has been preventing the Huthis since 2015.
The Huthis have prior to now claimed to have focused the UAE cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports with drones, however Emirati authorities have strongly denied any such incident.
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