UAE foreign ministry condemns Houthi attack, vows it will not go unpunished

Jan 17, 2022: The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation condemned the attack on UAE soil and vowed that it will not go unpunished.

“The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation,” the ministry said in a statement.

A suspected drone strike targeting a key oil installation in Abu Dhabi by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has killed three people and set fire to Abu Dhabi’s international airport on Monday, police say.

Police in the United Arab Emirates have identified the dead as two Indians and a Pakistani.

“The UAE condemns this terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on areas and civilian facilities on Emirati soil … [It] will not go unpunished,” the Emirati foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation,” it added.

Drone attacks are a hallmark of the Houthis’ assaults on Saudi Arabia, the UAE ally that is leading the coalition fighting for Yemen’s government in the grinding civil war.

The ministry said the group was spreading terror and chaos in the region to destabilize it. The UAE called on the international community to condemn acts of terrorism that target civilians and civilian installations. The ministry extended its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

In addition to the attack on the airport, The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) said the incident happened at 10am on Monday morning at its Mussafah Fuel Depot.

The company has confirmed the deaths of three of its employees after a fire caused explosions in three petroleum tankers in Musaffah. A further six colleagues were injured and received immediate specialist medical care.

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