A Samad-3 combat drone has hit the Dubai international airport successfully disrupting air traffic “for some time”, Yemen’s Houthis claimed in a statement through its media wing.
A spokesman for the Houthis’ military told the Houthi-controlled Saba news network that the drone strike was a response to “crimes” of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition, which has invaded Yemen.
“After the bombing of Dubai airport with a plane 3, all the strategic areas of the UAE are in the range of air force fire,” the spokesman said.
However, the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority denounced these claims in a statement to official news agency WAM “affirming UAE air traffic operates business as usual.”
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority: Air traffic movement in the UAE is normal with no disruptions; Houthi media claims regarding Dubai International Airport are untrue.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 27, 2018
The Dubai international airport is the third busiest in the world, according to Airports Council International. About 88 million passengers reportedly passed through the airport’s terminals in 2017.