An aerial view of Abu Dhabi.
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DUBAI – The UAE has vowed that suspected drone attacks that killed three people and injured six others in Abu Dhabi will not go unpunished.
“We reiterate that those responsible for this unlawful targeting of our country will be held accountable,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said in a statement on Tuesday (January 18).
On Monday (January 17), two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed in a fire and subsequent explosions at three fuel tankers in the Al Mussafah fuel depot of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The three were employees of ADNOC.
Police did not identify the wounded, but described their injuries as “mild to moderate.
Another fire, which was reported to be a minor one, broke out in a new construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Police said there was no “significant” damage reported. The fire caused a “short disruption” in flights, according to Etihad airline.
According to preliminary investigation, small flying objects or possibly drones were spotted falling into the two areas that may have sparked the fires and the subsequent explosions.
A senior UAE official said the deadly explosions were a “heinous attack on civilian facilities” by Yemen’s Al Houthi militia.
Dr. Anwar Gargash, Special Adviser to the UAE President, described the Al Houthi as a “terrorist militia”. Officials said the blasts may have been caused by drones.
“The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.
The Al Houthi militia has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The UAE called on the international community to condemn the terrorist acts targeting civilians and civilian facilities.
Many countries, including Saudi Arabia, have expressed solidarity with the UAE in condemning the “cowardly terrorist attack”.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the attack “reaffirms the danger of this terrorist group and its threat to security, peace, and stability in the region and the world”.
Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq were also among the Arab nations to condemn the attacks and express solidarity with the UAE.
UAE authorities said the terrorist attackers will meet defeat.
“Authorities in the UAE are dealing transparently and responsibly with the heinous Houthi attack on some civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi,” Dr. Gargash said.
“The tampering of terrorist militias with the stability of the region is too weak to affect the journey of security and safety that we live in, and the fate of this reckless and absurdity will be demise and defeat,” he added.
Meanwhile, officials have said the families of the victims of Monday’s attacks will be given assistance.
“Professional support teams are supporting the families of all those who have been impacted. At this time, the entire Adnoc family extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our colleagues who died,” according to ADNOC in a statement.
India’s Ambassador to the UAE, Sunday Sudhir, said the Indian government will provide “whatever assistance possible” to the family of the two deceased Indian nationals.
The Indian embassy is working with UAE authorities for the early repatriation of the remains of the deceased. It also added that out of the six injured, two are Indian nationals who have been discharged from hospital after receiving medical treatment on Monday night.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry also expressed its condolences and said it would support the family of the Pakistani national who was killed in the blast. ICA/Expat Media
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