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Yemen’s Houthi rebels warn of more attacks on UAE

Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Monday warned of targeting more facilities in the United Arab Emirates after carrying out drone and missile attacks that killed three people.

Police in the capital Abu Dhabi said the attacks targeted three oil tanker trucks at an oil facility and an extension to the Abu Dhabi International Airport. He identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani and said six people were injured.

Police said there was no significant damage to the airport or the oil facility.

A spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi rebels said the group carried out attacks on the UAE’s economic hub Abu Dhabi in retaliation for the UAE’s role in a military strike in Yemen last week.

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Houthi sources in Yemen’s capital Sanaa told Arab media that they fired eight drones and 10 missiles.

Arab media showed video of smoke rising over the skyline of Abu Dhabi and images of fires at Abu Dhabi Airport and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company refinery.

The Msaffah Industrial District is seen in the Emiarti capital Abu Dhabi, January 17, 2022.

In response, Saudi coalition forces opened fire on Houthi militia fighters in Yemen’s Marib province.

The UAE Foreign Ministry condemned the attack on its facilities and said it “will not go without punishment.”

“The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation.”

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels. Although it has largely withdrawn its forces from Yemen, it does help arm and train Yemeni forces against insurgents.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would work closely with the UAE and international partners to hold the Houthi rebels accountable.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and “urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation,” according to his spokesman.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the attack threatened regional stability.

Fahmi al-Yousifi, deputy information minister in the administration of the Houthi government that controls Sanaa, told Arab media that the Houthi military “will continue to retaliate against the United Arab Emirates as long as it engages in supporting fighters inside Yemen.” Is.”

Atlantic Council Middle East analyst Paul Sullivan told VOA that Monday’s attack on Abu Dhabi was a bad sign for regional security and stability.

“Such an escalation will come back to bite the Houthis badly. One has to wonder how drones, if it happened, (UAE air defence) happened. This is worrying for the UAE and the region,” he said. ”

Washington-based Gulf analyst Theodore Karasik told VOA that the Houthi strikes came at a bad time, given “the desire to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf at this critical juncture”.

“Drone attacks are a revolution in military affairs,” he said, as they are being used to make political points.

Some information in this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.


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