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Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi, 2 Indians among 3 killed

Suspected Iran-backed rebels have reportedly carried out a drone attack at the Abu Dhabi airport in the UAE. As per reports, three oil tankers have been hit by the drone

Suspected Iran-backed rebels have reportedly carried out a drone attack at the Abu Dhabi airport in the UAE.

As per reports, three oil tankers have been hit by the drone strike at Abu Dhabi airport. This has led to a fire at a construction site near the airport. According to reports, the attack was carried out by Houthi rebels.

“Initial investigations found parts of a small plane that could possibly be a drone at both sites that could have caused the explosion and the fire,” the police said in a statement on state news agency WAM.

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The accidents caused no “serious damage,” according to the statement, and an investigation has been initiated.

Yemen’s Houthi movement, which is fighting a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and including the UAE, has initiated a military operation “deep in the UAE” and will reveal specifics in the coming hours, according to a military spokesman.

In Yemen’s energy-producing regions of Shabwa and Marib, pro-coalition soldiers backed by the UAE have lately joined the war against the Houthis.

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In 2019, the UAE reduced its military involvement in Yemen, although it still wields power through Yemeni soldiers it armed and trained.

The Houthis have threatened to strike the UAE in the past and have launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.

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First Published: 17th January, 2022 17:43 IST

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