Abu Dhabi- Rebels fighting Saudi and UAE backed forces in Yemen on Monday struck Abu Dhabi sparking panic across Gulf region.
Drone attack sparked an explosion that struck three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and another fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday that killed three people and wounded six, police said.
Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani.
Houthi controlled Yemeni army said it has launched drone attacks deep inside the UAE and Emirati officials confirmed the hits.
The Yemeni military conducts regular retaliatory attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia over its devastating war on Yemen. But, attack against the UAE, which is fighting alongside Saudi Arabia, has been rare.
The incident comes while Yemen’s yearslong war rages on and as an Emirati-flagged vessel carrying arms found itself recently captured by the Houthis.
The UAE has been at war in Yemen since early 2015 and was a key member of the Saudi-led coalition that launched attacks against the Iranian-backed Ansarralh movement after the group overran the capital Sanaa.
Although the UAE has decreased the number of troops it has on the ground, it continues to be actively engaged in the war and supports key militias fighting the Houthis. It also cooperates closely with the United States in military operations in Yemen.
Meanwhile a senior Ansarullah leader warned UAE if it does not stop aggression on Yemen, it will receive more painful attacks than the attacks reported in Abi Dhabi.
Mohamed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, said the Yemeni army and popular committees have shown more patience towards the UAE rather than Saudis, adding, “This is because Emirati people oppose the invasion of Yemen and the participation of their rulers in the Saudi-led coalition.”
This comes as al-Bukhaiti had warned the UAE not to continue its aggressive moves in the south of Yemen otherwise it would be targeted deep inside its territories by Yemenis.
Yemen’s Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Monday that the Yemeni military struck areas deep inside the UAE after a warning a few days ago by Al-Bukhaiti.
The Yemeni army used as many as 20 UAVs and 10 ballistic missiles that struck targets deep in the UAE, Lebanese Al-Mayadeen reported.
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