Three including two Indians killed in Houthi drone attack in Abu Dhabi, six others injured

Abu Dhabi, Jan 17 (IANS): Yemen's Houthi rebel group claimed responsibility for a "qualitative military operation" that struck areas deep inside the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in which three people were feared killed including two Indians. Six others were reportedly injured.

Another person who died in the attack may be a Pakistani.

"An important statement will be announced in the upcoming hours to reveal details on the strategic operation deep inside the UAE," said the group's spokesman Yahya Saree in a brief press statement.

The Houthis' claim just after three petroleum tankers exploded in a fire near the storage facilities of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the UAE captial's Musaffah industrial district, the official WAM news agency reported, citing an announcement of the Abu Dhabi police.

A minor fire also broke out in the new construction area of Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to the WAM.

Initial investigations show the fires and explosion were possibly caused by unidentified drones in the area, WAM said.

The UAE is an active member of the Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting a large-scale war against the Houthi rebel militia in various areas of Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015 to support the Yemeni internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Iran-backed Houthi militia forced him out of the capital Sanaa.

The Houthi militia has recently intensified cross-border drone and missile attacks against different Saudi cities. In February 2021, the Houthi militia launched a major offensive against the government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib in central Yemen.




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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 18 2022

    I wrote years ago that the Houthis have nothing to lose, and that the people in glass houses have everything to lose in this unnecessary fight to control the political scene in Yemen. Yemen has far too many factions for it to be a proper nation-state. It is absolutely astounding that the rag-tag army of the Houthis have been successful with a drone attack 1,300 kilometres from San'a. How did the drone travel such a distance without detection by the most advanced defence equipment before arriving at its target?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 17 2022

    Gulf region again appears to be turning into a war zone!

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