Abu Dhabi – Three people were killed in a drone strike at Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. The deceased include two Indians and one Pakistani. The Houthi Rebels in Yemen accepted the responsibility for the attack. Besides, they also claimed to have struck deep inside the UAE. Abu Dhabi is the city where UAE’s royal family resides. The city which also houses important government establishment buildings. Thus, with this attack, the Houthi Rebels seem to have warned the UAE.
On Monday morning, the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi was rocked by a massive explosion. According to police, three fuel tankers stationed in the industrial area of Musaffah exploded. The blast occurred at some distance from the fuel storage of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Moreover, within a few minutes of this strike, a fire also flared up at the ongoing construction area at the Abu Dhabi International Airport premises.
UAE security agencies had said that the reason behind this attack was not apparent. But the possibility of Houthi Rebels in Yemen carrying out the strikes through drones was being predicted. Subsequently, the Houthis claimed responsibility for the attacks in Abu Dhabi in the next few hours. The Houthi Rebels announced that the attacks were carried out deep in the UAE. A spokesman of the Houthis has said more information would be disclosed soon.
Three people were killed in the attack, and six others injured. Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Sanjay Sudhir, informed that the dead include two Indians. A few days ago, the Houthis seized a UAE cargo ship heading for Saudi Arabia in an operation in the Red Sea area. India had pressured the Houthi Rebels to release its citizens after emerging of the information that there were seven Indians in the ship.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni President Mansour Hadi’s UN recognised-government got support from Saudi, the UAE, and Arab allies while Iran has backed Houthi rebels fighting against Hadi for the past five years. Saudi offered a ceasefire proposal twice to Houthi Rebels in the last six months. But the Houthis had rejected the proposal, threatening to launch attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE. By attacking the UAE’s fuel storage and airports, the Houthis seem to have acted their threats. The attack on Abu Dhabi signals that the Houthi rebels would intensify their attacks on the UAE and Saudi in the coming times.