01/17/2022, 16.14
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Houthis claim drone attack in Abu Dhabi

A rebel spokesman said the group launched an operation "deep in the UAE”, killing two Indians and a Pakistani. In Yemen government forces reported military progress earlier this month.

Abu Dhabi (AsiaNews/Agencies) – At least three people died and six were wounded in an attack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Two of the dead are from India and one is from Pakistan, police said.

Three tankers exploded in the Musaffah industrial area, near storage facilities owned by the ADNOC oil company. A fire also broke out at a construction site near the capital's international airport.

“Preliminary investigations indicate the detection of small flying objects, possibly belonging to drones, that fell in the two areas and may have caused the explosion and fire,” local police are quoted by the WAM news agency.

A Houthi military spokesman said that the group launched what it described as a military operation "deep in the UAE”, announcing more details in the coming hours.

For the past 10 years, the Houthis have been fighting a Saudi-led military coalition, which includes the UAE.

This is not the first time that they have used drones to carry out crude and often inaccurate attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Some of the region’s oil facilities and pipelines as well as major shipping lanes have been targeted by Houthi attacks.

Earlier this month, Yemeni forces, with Saudi support, regained control of the southern province of Shabwa and made progress in neighbouring Marib.

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