US warns against travel to UAE ahead of trip to Herzog

The US is advising citizens not to travel to the United Arab Emirates due to the threat of missile or drone attacks from Yemen-based Houthi rebels.

“The possibility of attacks affecting US citizens and interests in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula remains an ongoing and serious concern,” the State Department said. “Rebel groups operating in Yemen have expressed their intent to attack neighboring countries, including the UAE, using missiles and drones. Recent missile and drone strikes have targeted populated areas and civilian infrastructure.”

President Isaac Herzog will travel to the UAE on Sunday, the first official visit by an Israeli president. He is scheduled to meet the powerful Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, who invited him, and other top Emirati officials during the two-day swing.

After a drone strike on the UAE this week that killed three workers, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered “the Israeli security institute to provide their counterparts in the UAE with every aid” that could help protect against future attacks.

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