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Saudi led-coalition launches airstrikes on Yemeni capital after lethal Houthi drone strike in Abu Dhabi

“In response to the threat and military necessity, airstrikes began on Sana’a,” Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya stated on Twitter.

“The vicious attack on the UAE is a hostile act. The Houthi targeting of civilians in the kingdom and the UAE are war crimes whose perpetrators must be held accountable,” Al-Ekhbariya stated in a tweet.

The drone assault close to Abu Dhabi’s aiport killed not less than three folks and sparked a number of explosions within the UAE’s capital.

One Pakistani and two Indians have been killed, the UAE’s official information company WAM stated. Eight others have been injured, together with two airport staff and 6 folks at one other explosion web site, Abu Dhabi Police stated in an announcement on Facebook.

The spokesperson for Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed accountability for the assault, warning the “UAE is an unsafe state as long as its aggressive escalation against Yemen continues.”

“Five ballistic missiles and a large number of drones were used in an operation dubbed as ‘Operation Hurricane Yemen’ targeted Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, the Musaffah oil refinery in Abu Dhabi and a number of important and sensitive Emirate sites and facilities,” Houthi spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Yahya Saree stated on the Houthi-owned Al Masirah TV channel Monday.

Saree warned international corporations, residents and residents of the UAE to steer clear of very important websites, saying they’re renewing their warning to “countries of aggression that they will receive more painful and painful blows.”

Minutes after the Houthis claimed accountability, the Saudi led-coalition airstrikes have been launched.

At least 12 folks have been killed and 11 injured, in line with Al-Masirah, a media outlet run by the Houthi rebels who management the Yemeni capital.

Search and rescue groups are searching for survivors underneath the rubble of destroyed buildings, Al-Masirah reported.

Houthi state-run media additionally reported that greater than 24 airstrikes have been launched by the Saudi-led coalition up to now 24 hours on numerous areas in Yemen, inflicting heavy materials harm.

‘Right to reply’

In an announcement launched after the drone assault on Monday, UAE officers stated they reserved “the right to respond,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated, in line with state-news company WAM.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed stated that the drone assaults, which struck Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) gasoline amenities and the airport, is not going to go unpunished, WAM reported.

“UAE authorities are dealing transparently and responsibly with the heinous Houthi attack on some civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi,” stated Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE management.

Gargash, a former minister of state for international affairs, stated that the UAE is coping with the assault and that the “reckless” try is just too weak to shake the steadiness of the nation.

Deadly assaults are extraordinarily uncommon within the UAE, lengthy thought of an island of stability in a turbulent area. In latest years, Houthi rebels claimed to have launched a number of assaults on the nation, however Emirati authorities have denied the allegations. Houthi rebels steadily goal neighboring Saudi Arabia, with the dominion intercepting the overwhelming majority of these missiles.

“Abu Dhabi police confirmed that a fire broke out this morning, which led to the explosion of three petroleum tankers in ICAD 3, Mussafah, near ADNOC’s storage tanks,” an announcement stated on WAM. “A minor fire also broke out in the new construction area of Abu Dhabi International Airport.”

A CNN journalist heard two explosions with a black plume of smoke rising from the route of the airport. CNN has additionally seen a fighter jet — probably belonging to the UAE — circling the world.

The Pakistani Embassy is in touch with UAE authorities after the Pakistani nationwide died after within the incident, its international ministry stated Monday.

The UAE has been a part of a Saudi-led army marketing campaign in opposition to the Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. In 2019, the United Arab Emirates stated it diminished its forces in Yemen as a part of a “strategic” redeployment.

The Abu Dhabi skyline on January 1, 2020.

Last Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition stated they detected a number of explosive-laden drones launched from the airport within the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is managed by Houthis.

On Monday, Houthi spokesperson Mohammad Abdulsalam known as the UAE a “statelet” that’s “desperate to serve the US and Israel.”

“(The UAE) had claimed that it distanced itself from Yemen, but it has recently been exposed, contrary to what it claimed. As a result, if it does not stop meddling in Yemen, by the power of God, we will cut off its hands,” stated Abdulsalam.

“Operations like this will continue so long as the offensive and blockade continue and it will encompass strategic targets,” tweeted Ali al-Qhoom, a member of the Houthi’s political bureau. “These operations will happen within the context of a legitimate response to the crimes and attacks of the UAE in Yemen.”

CNN has requested remark from the federal government of the UAE.

Saudi Arabia condemned the assault in an announcement. “We condemn in the strongest of words the cowardly terror attack that targeted Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE,” the dominion’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. “The kingdom also points out that this terror attack which the Houthi militia is behind reconfirms the danger that this terror group poses and its threat to the security, peace and stability in the region and the world.”

France, Israel and the UK are amongst international locations who’ve condemned the drone assault, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian saying it threatened “regional stability.”

An skilled advised CNN that the Houthi rebels could also be attempting to discourage additional UAE intervention in Yemen in one of many main flashpoints in that battle, Marib. “The intervention of the UAE-supported forces was a game-changer. This angered the Houthis,” stated Maged al-Madhaji, government director and co-founder of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. “The Houthis are trying to create some sort of balance by striking the the image of stability and security in the Emirates.”

CNN’s Sarah El Sirgany contributed to this report from Abu Dhabi.

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