The United Arab Emirates today threatened to “respond” to the deadly attack in Abu Dhabi attributed to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
“The Emirates reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and this criminal, escalating catastrophe,” the State Department said in a statement, according to the official WAM news agency.
The UAE is supporting the Yemeni government militarily against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.
The Houthis earlier today launched an attack with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near Abu Dhabi airport. Three fuel tankers exploded, causing a fire that left three people dead and six others injured. Two of the dead were Indians and the third a Pakistani.
The attack on a key US ally in the Gulf adds a new dimension to the war between the Houthis and the military alliance under Saudi Arabia, and could hurt efforts to reduce regional tensions at a time when Washington and Tehran are discussing ways to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal.
“The UAE condemns this terrorist attack by Houthi rebels on areas and political installations in the territory of the Emirates (…) that will not go unpunished,” the State Department added.
The Emirates has equipped and trained Yemeni soldiers who were recently sent to fight the Houthis in the Samboa and Marib areas. The Houthis have launched several rocket-propelled grenade attacks in Saudi Arabia, but have rarely claimed responsibility for such attacks in the UAE, most of which have been denied by Emirati authorities.
Source From: Capital