The United Arab Emirates’ Defense Ministry announced Wednesday it intercepted and destroyed “three hostile drones” after they entered the nation’s airspace.
The Emirati Defense Ministry said on Twitter it destroyed the drones “away from populated areas.”
The ministry confirmed its readiness “to deal with any threats and is taking all necessary measures to protect the state and its territory.”
The statement did not name the Yemeni Houthi rebel group as responsible for firing the drones.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Tuesday the U.S. is sending fighter jets and a guided-missile destroyer to the UAE to prevent further missile attacks.