US condemns UAE Houthi attack, vows to hold rebels accountable for “terrorist attack”

Jan 18, 2022: The US has condemned Monday’s drone strike in Abu Dhabi, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthis, and vowed to hold the rebels responsible for a “terrorist attack” that killed three people.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivansaid in a statement, “The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this attack, and we will hold them accountable together with the United Arab Emirates and our international partners,” 

“Our commitment to the security of the UAE is unshakable and we stand with our UAE partners against all threats to their territory.”

The United Arab Emirates – whose capital is Abu Dhabi – is part of a Riyadh-led military coalition that supports the Yemeni government against Houthi rebels, who have repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia across the border. The State Department echoed the condemnation, according to a statement from spokesman Ned Price.

Price said, “We express our condolences to the families of these victims and to the people of the UAE, we reiterate our unwavering commitment to the security of the UAE and stand united with our Emirati partner.”

In a separate statement, Price said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday. “Secretary Blinken condemned today’s terrorist attacks, which killed and injured innocent civilians,” Price said.

The Secretary expressed his solidarity with the Emirati people and offered his condolences on the loss of life. The conflict in Yemen, which has killed 377,000 people, has intensified in recent weeks. Millions have fled their homes, and many are on the brink of famine, which the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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