Yemen Rebels Claim They Fired Missile At Abu Dhabi Nuclear Plant

Two days after Israel reportedly destroyed an alleged Iranian airbase in the city of al-Qiswa near Damascus in Syria, Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed they fired a cruise missile toward the $20 bilion Barakh nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the UAE (which is still under construction) which "successfully hit its target", the group’s television service said on its website Sunday, however without providing evidence.

The launch was in retaliation for the closing of sea and air ports, it said without offering evidence or providing further details. The statement quoted a Houthi leader who warned against continuing the blockade, “affirming Yemenis’ right to take sensitive steps.”

“The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile … toward the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” the website said. It gave no further details. The claim comes as the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition, celebrates its National Day.

The Barakah nuclear power plant being built in Abu Dhabi’s western desert.

According to Reuters, the 4 nuclear reactors at the plant are scheduled for completion between 2018 and 2020, when they will start operation.

In September, the UAE’s energy minister said the country’s first nuclear reactor will “definitely” be operational next year with the operating company getting a license in 2018. However, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced in May that the plant had received the fuel assemblies for its unit 1 reactor. The fuel assemblies, the ENEC said in a statement, were being “securely stored” at the plant.


It was unclear if the assemblies were still being stored there.

The Yemen rebels’ claim about striking a target in Abu Dhabi comes amid heavy fighting in Yemen’s capital, Sana, between the Shiite Houthi rebels and some of their former allies, who are led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Mr. Saleh, who stepped down in 2011 after a mass uprising against his 33 years in office, but he formed an alliance with the Houthis. Since then, fractures have emerged between the former leader and the rebels, exacerbating the crisis.


In a televised speech on Saturday, Mr. Saleh blamed the Houthis’ “idiocy” for the war in Yemen and declared that he was ready to turn a “new page” in ties with the coalition if it stopped the attacks on his country.


“I call upon the brothers in neighboring states and the alliance to stop their aggression, lift the siege, open the airports and allow food aid and the saving of the wounded and we will turn a new page by virtue of our neighborliness,” Mr. Saleh said.

It is the second time this year the Houthis have said they have fired missiles toward the UAE. A few months ago they said they had “successfully” test-fired a missile toward the country. However on Twitter, the state agency WAM denied the Houthi rebels had launched a missile toward the United Arab Emirates.

In a subsequent Tweet, WAM said, “U.A.E. possesses an air defense system capable of dealing with any threat of any kind and the project of Barakah reactor is immune.”

On Sunday, an Iranian analyst, Hamidreza Taraghi, who has close ties to Iran’s leaders, denied any the country had links to the missile attack claimed by the Yemen rebels. Quoted by the NYT, he said that “we have nothing to do with this,” adding that “the Houthis are very capable of hitting targets without our assistance.” But Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia, and its allies insist that Iran has provided the Houthis with such weaponry and say that the rebels are taking commands from Tehran.

The nuclear power plant, in Abu Dhabi’s far western desert, is being built by the Korea Electric Power Corporation near the border with Saudi Arabia and is scheduled to begin operating next year, the United Arab Emirates energy minister has said, according to The Associated Press.


JoeySandwiches Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

It is kinda dangerous when you think about the middle east getting nuclear power.Imagine large swaths of terrorists storming nuclear power pants like they do mosques and causing a little 'accident' oopsie

Theosebes Goodfellow svayambhu108 Sun, 12/03/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

~"I am tired of all this self-righteos americunts at least they fuck goats, what do you fuck? Cows?"~Geesh, a little touchy today, eh Svayam? No one, (save for you), brought up sex with animals. Is this a particularly sore point with you?I8apex points out that the Middle Easterners who are followers of the cult of the god in Mohammad's head tend to be a rather violent lot. Maybe they aren't as violent as say, as you put it, americunts, but that's historically been more of not having the capacity to engage in large scale mayhem than the lack of desire to practice it.That said, things are certainly looking up for them in that department. I'll wager they are going to give everyone else a run for the money in the future, and that is simply due to the nature of the dude they emulate. It is, as some say, how they roll.http://prophetofdoom.netRead it all. 

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Ex-Oligarch skbull44 Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:46 Permalink

The link posted by skbull44 is spam to promote a work of fiction.  The definitive article about the vulnerability of nuclear reactors in war is "Nuclear Power Plants As Weapons For the Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril" by Bennet Ramberg (University of California Press 1984).It is available for free dowload via archive.org

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I-Engineer Ex-Oligarch Sun, 12/03/2017 - 12:26 Permalink

I am going to use a few industry terms. So I am willing to bet thousands that a military attack is not a credited failure in Safety Analysis Report (SAR or FSAR). I wonder if they have fully implemented the Fukushima SOER from WANO. I am willing to guess not, even if all nuclear power plants in the world have supposedly done so.What this means is that they should be able to put some compensatory measures in place. But how do you really plan for a rocket to the shutdown system?

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Not Too Important I-Engineer Sun, 12/03/2017 - 13:25 Permalink

There are hundreds of ways to make any NPP go Fukushima. Having NPP's in violent shitholes is insanity. But extremely profitable in the short-term, for a very small handful of people.

If the US isn't interested in EMP-proofing the US electrical/NPP grid, no one else anywhere gives a shit, either.

The entire human race, and for that matter all living life on this planet, now suffers from Radiogenic Leukopenia, through the inhalation and ingestion of thousands of tons of aerosolized enriched uranium and plutonium circulating the globe. The only question is how soon it manifests. The average is 15 years. Japan and North America are just about 7 years in, with the rest of the world to follow.

If people are stupid enough to build new ones, other people are stupid enough to blow them up, or simply cause the NPP's to blow themselves up.

We are living in the last 100 years of humanity on this planet. Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' is just a taste of how bad it's going to get.

'On The Beach' is a nice look at what the world will look like after we're all gone.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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Parrotile I-Engineer Sun, 12/03/2017 - 19:49 Permalink

One of the major "problems" with NPP operation is removal of waste heat. Even if the reactors are "full shutdown" they still produce a fair amout of heat ( a 900 MW reactor still produces 16 MW heat ONE DAY after shutdown - )So, any strategy that limits or prevents effective cooling is guaranteed to pose a real safety problem. This NPP is being built in a desert area (sand is abundant), and we probably know water pumps and sand (in suspension) make poor bedfellows where reliability is concerned.Summary - you don't need high-tech weapons when Nature provides the opportunity for damage, in abundance. Having said that, using mortar rounds would seem easier / cheaper / less demanding of skilled operators, and they do have the necessary range - e.g. the US M252 has a useful range of 5600 metres (which is around 3 1/2 miles) - more than enough fro successful "target engagement"  

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MozartIII JoeySandwiches Sun, 12/03/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

It's actualy sad to see this level of false flag being reported. The Saudi's & the US just lost there Yemen war. US media forgot to report it.... We have never seen this happen! S/ Now the Houthi (They have a hard enough time driving a tank, won't go into firing a cruise missile. We all know they have so many), err the CIA just fired a missle at an Aubi Dahbi nuclear reactor that is not even up. Stir the damned pot a little more. The desperation to bring in the UAE smells as it should, a big pile of Camel shit!  

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veritas semper… JoeySandwiches Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

ME already has nuclear power:the Chosenites and Dimona, undeclared and uninspected and did not sign the nuclear non proliferation treaty.Do you think they ,somehow ,should have it and others not?And ,by the way,for those who make stupid comments like"religion of peace":the true "religion of peace or pieces" is judaism,which wrecked everything.or better said the alliance of the Catholic church and judaism. Read the Talmud first and then make comments.

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koan Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

I don't think a "cruise missile", of the type these sand rats would have, could do much damage to a nuke plant.More of a gesture than an actual attack.

Not Too Important ciscokid Sun, 12/03/2017 - 13:34 Permalink

Precision munitions are not necessary to make an NPP go Fukushima. It could easily be done with mortars, suicide bombers, lots of things the bad guys already know.

Starving parents have nothing left to lose, after watching their children starve to death, and no shortage of weapons suppliers and trainers.

Make peace with your Creator and hug your loved ones. The Satanic demon-callers are coming for you and them.

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