Israel has offered security and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates against further drone strikes following a deadly strike by the Iran-aligned Houthi group from Yemen, according to a letter released Tuesday by Israel’s leader.
Three people were killed and six injured on Monday when three tanker trucks exploded in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. A Houthi military spokesman said the group fired “a large number” of drones and five ballistic missiles in the attack.
On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned what he described as a “terrorist drone attack”.
His spokesman attached a copy of a condolence letter he sent on Monday to the leader of the United Arab Emirates, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
“We are ready to provide security and intelligence support to help you protect your citizens from similar attacks,” Bennett wrote. “I have ordered the Israeli security establishment to provide any assistance to their UAE counterparts, should you be interested.”
The UAE, along with Bahrain, signed US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel at the White House in 2020. The two Gulf nations and Israel share common concerns about Iran and its allied forces in the region.
“Israel is committed to working closely with you in the ongoing battle against extremist forces in the region, and we will continue to partner with you to defeat our common enemies,” Bennett said in his message to Sheikh Mohammed.
Bennett and Sheikh Mohammed spoke in Abu Dhabi in December last year, the first public meeting between the two men.
Reference: CNN Brasil