Drone strike: Houthis attack in Abu Dhabi

Status: 01/17/2022 1:02 pm

The United Arab Emirates has been the target of drone strikes. At least three people were killed. The Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attack.

By Björn Blaschke, ARD Studio Cairo

Yemen Houthi rebels attack the United Arab Emirates. A spokesman for the movement confirmed the attack. At least three people were killed and six were injured.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates, had earlier announced fires. Abu Dhabi police say three tankers have exploded in an industrial area near the state-owned oil company ADNOC. A fire broke out at a construction site near Abu Dhabi International Airport.

“Small Plane Parts, Probably Drones”

Emirates Police said: “Light aircraft and parts of drones have been identified at both locations of the explosion and fire.” A detailed investigation has been launched.

A military spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi movement has said it has launched a “deep operation” in the United Arab Emirates and will announce details in the coming hours.

The coalition is fighting the Houthis

In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a military alliance that included the Emirates. On the side of Yemen’s internationally recognized president, the coalition is fighting the Houthis, who are backed by Iran and first called for greater political participation in Yemen.

The Houthis have repeatedly carried out cross-border missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, but last targeted the Emirates in 2019. Thereafter, Abu Dhabi reduced its military presence in Yemen. But: The Emirate continues to finance the Yemeni armed forces.

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