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United Arab Emirates: at least three dead and six injured by drone attack by Houthi militias

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At least three people died and six others were injured this Monday by an explosion caused by a fire in the industrial zone of Abu Dabi, while the Emirate Police is investigating whether it is an attack carried out with drones.

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“The event caused the death of a Pakistani citizen and two Indian citizens, and six others suffered minor and moderate injuries,” according to the official Emirati news agency WAM.

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That medium pointed out that the Police have managed to control the fire “that broke out this morning in the Mussafah area, near the deposits of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and which caused the explosion of three fuel tanks.”

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“The competent authorities launched an extensive investigation into the cause of the fire and the surrounding circumstances” to the incidents in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the source.

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Police of Abu Dabi reported on Monday morning that two fires had broken out in an area of ​​the industrial city of this emirate and in an area under construction of the Abu Dhabi international airport.

The Police, quoted by WAM, explained that “Preliminary investigations indicated the detection of small flying objects, possibly drones, that fell in the two areas and that could have caused the explosion and the fire.”

Shortly after these two incidents, Yemeni Houthi rebels announced a military operation against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after this country was threatened last week for supporting a paramilitary force in the war in Yemen.

The military spokesman for the Houthis, Yahya Sarea, indicated on his official Twitter account that he will soon publish a “Important statement” announcing “a precise military operation” in the UAE, without giving further details.

For its part, the military coalition of Arab countries that supports the internationally recognized government of Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and of which the UAE is a member, assured that “a hostile escalation using drones by the Houthis” is taking place, according to the official Saudi news agency SPA, without providing further information.

Rare drone strikes occur in the UAE, but on January 12 Yemen’s Houthi rebels warned the enemy country that it would suffer “consequences” after insurgents lost control of a province to local forces backed by UAE. by Emirates.

Sarea stated at the time that the Emiratis “must bear the consequences of their escalation” after the Giants Brigades, a Salafist force that supports the Yemeni government, achieved the greatest conquest since the war began in this country seven years ago. .

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