Israel offers security and intelligence support to UAE after deadly Houthi attack

Jan 20, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, Israel has offered security and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates against further drone attacks after a deadly strike by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group.

Three people were killed and six others were injured when three tanker trucks exploded in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on Monday. A Houthi military spokesman said the group fired “a large number” of drones and five ballistic missiles.

On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned what he called a “terrorist drone strike.” His spokesman attached a copy of the letter of condolence sent to Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday.

“We stand ready to offer you security and intelligence support in order to help you protect your citizens from similar attacks,” Bennett wrote. “I have ordered the Israeli security establishment to provide their counterparts in the UAE with any assistance, should you be interested.”

The UAE, along with Bahrain, signed a routine US-brokered agreement with Israel at the White House in 2020. The two Gulf states and Israel share common concerns about Iran and its allies in the region. In his message to Sheikh Mohammed, Bennett said, “Israel is committed to working with you in the ongoing fight against extremist forces in the region, and we are partnering with you to defeat our common enemies.”

Bennett and Sheikh Mohammed held talks in Abu Dhabi in December last year, the first public meeting between the two men.

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