ISLAMABAD: Iran-backed Houthi drone strike killed a Pakistani citizen. According to reports, Pakistan has contacted the Emirati authorities regarding the return of the deceased’s corpse.
The Pakistani embassy in Abu Dhabi has said in a tweet that it is in touch with the UAE (United Arab Emirates) authorities to return the body, adding that the body would be sent home soon for burial. The embassy added that one Pakistani and two Indians were injured in the attack of Houthi rebels. Ambassador of Pakistan Afzal Mahmood visited the hospital and inspected the injured Pakistanis.
Earlier in the day, Yemeni Houthi rebels carried out possible drone strikes on various installations in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. According to the Arab website, there have been two suspected fires in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, which may have been the result of drone strikes.
H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, receives a telephonic call from H.E. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, expressing his condemnation and denunciation of Houthi terrorist attack, affirming Pakistan's solidarity with UAE pic.twitter.com/WSDNuBEcYT— UAE Embassy PK (@uaeembassyisb) January 18, 2022
Abu Dhabi Police say three oil company trucks and an airport building in the industrial area of Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah caught fire at a construction site. Police say parts of a small plane have been found at the scene of the fire, which could potentially be used by drones, the same drones that may have caused explosions and fires here. In addition, the police say a fire in an oil tanker killed one Pakistani and two Indian nationals and injured six others.
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels claimed that they had conducted a military operation inside the UAE. The Houthi rebel spokesman did not provide details of the attack.
It should be noted that the United Arab Emirates is an important country of the Arab League in taking action against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The UAE has significantly reduced its troop numbers in Yemen since 2019, but the UAE continues to arm and train Yemeni government forces.
Houthi rebels continue to attack Saudi and UAE installations with bombed drones. In addition, there have been missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Thank you brother HH FM @ABZayed for your call of condolence on tragic death of a Pakistan national in the terrorist attack in Abu Dhabi. We offer our condolences to the families of all victims & strongly condemn the attack, violating sovereignty & territorial integrity of #UAE— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) January 18, 2022
The attack has been severely condemned by Pakistan meanwhile, Emirati authorities have offered condolences for the loss of a Pakistani citizen’s life as a result of the Houthi drone attack.
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