19 Jan Yemen rebel group claims responsibility for fatal fires in Abu Dhabi caused by drone attack
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the drone attack this week, which resulted in fatal fires that killed three people.
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have come forwad and claimed they were behind an attack targeting “sensitive Emirati facilities.”
The drone attack targeted an oil base in Abu Dhabi as well as hitting Abu Dhabi international airport. Emirati police identified the three fatalities as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. Six people were also wounded in the attacks.
Three transport tankers caught fire at the oil facility as a result of the attack, whilst another fire was sparked at an extension of Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Whilst the investugation is still ongoing, police initial findings are reported to indicate there were small flying objects, possibly belonging to drones, that fell in the two areas and may be the origins of the fatal explosion and fire.
Anwar Gargash, a senior diplomat, blamed the Houthis for the attack with a statement on Twitter. He described how Emirati authorities were handling the rebel group’s “vicious attack on some civilian facilities” in Abu Dhabi with “transparency and responsibility.”
He added: “The tampering of the region’s security by terrorist militias is too weak to affect the stability and safety in which we live.”
The investigation continues.