At least three people have been reported dead and six other injured from an Houthi Drone attack in Abu Dhabi. The attack which took place on Monday near the Abu Dhabi airport, sparked multiple explosions after hitting an oil tanker in the United Arab Emirates Capital city.
The Houthi rebels who are battling a Saudi Arabia led coalition including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and a host of others, have claimed responsibility for the attack. The Iranian backed Houthi Rebels and loyalist to former president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh, have consistently lunched such cross border drone attacks on her neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, especially on oil facilities
Abdul Ilah Hajar, spokesperson for the Yemeni Houthi millitia, said that the group had lunched a military operation called ‘Deep in the UAE’, and that they will announce more military operation in the coming hours. In an interview with AFP, he further said “Houthis had previously warned the UAE that if it did not stop it’s support for Tariq Afash’s Militia who are mobilizing in Marib, Al-Baydah and Shabwah, we will take action. It seems that the UAE did not understand this warning, so we sent them a clear message by hitting places.”
The UAE foreign ministry has condemned the attack on the facility and said that it would “Not go Unpunished.”
“The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorists attacks and criminal escalation.”
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres through his spokesperson, had condemned the attack and urged “all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation.”
However, the Saudi led coalition forces, in response to the attack had launched air strikes targeting the Houthi rebels in the capital city of Sanaa.