UAE bans drones for a month after Yemeni Houthi attack
January 23 2022 11:41 AM
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The United Arab Emirates has banned the use of drones for one month, days after Yemen's Houthi rebels launched a deadly drone and missile attack on Abu Dhabi.
"The Ministry of Interior is currently stopping all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircraft," the official WAM news agency reported late Saturday.
"Anyone performing these activities during that period and disregarding guidelines will be subject to legal liabilities," it added, reporting the ban would last for one month.
The ministry said the order was made after "misuse spotted recently" where users were "trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited".
Those who need to fly drones for work must ask the authorities for the "necessary exceptions and permits", it added.
Last Monday, Houthi rebels claimed a drone and missile attack that struck oil facilities and the airport in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, killing three people and wounding six.

Last updated: January 23 2022 02:20 PM


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