UAE: Fear of drone attack, Houthi rebels claim responsibility for two large explosions at Abu Dhabi’s international airport.
A major attack has been reported against the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Officials report that two explosions occurred at Abu Dhabi’s international airport on Monday. Drones are suspected to have been used in this attack. There was also a fire at the airport after the blasts. Before the UAE could launch an investigation, Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. The organization has announced that it will launch attacks against the UAE.
ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) tankers carrying petrol exploded at the airport, local media reported. It appears that drone-like figures were seen in the sky just before the tankers caught fire, which fell in two different locations. Firefighters and police have been sent to the airport to deal with the fire.
The Houthis claim on Twitter that they will conduct military operations against the UAE in the coming hours, according to Yahya Sari, the Houthi spokesman. The United Arab Emirates has long been involved in Yemen’s civil war. The UAE began a campaign against Houthi rebels seeking a change of government in Yemen in 2015 as part of an Arab coalition. UAE activities have decreased in Yemen since 2019.
The Houthis attacked Saudi Arabia’s airport last year. A drone attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Houthi rebels in February last year. A civilian aircraft caught fire in the attack. Additionally, the Houthis targeted another Saudi airport in August 2021. The Houthis have previously targeted Saudi airports. This is the first major Houthi attack on an airport in the UAE.