ANKARA, Jan 18, (Asia Free Press): Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of the Turkish parliament condemned attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebel group near Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which left at least three people dead and six others injured, according to media reports.
Mustafa, after the attack, in a tweet said, “I strongly condemn the attacks which appeared to be carried out with drones against Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates”.
Mustafa, while extending his condolences to the brotherly people and Administration of the UAE added, “May Allah’s mercy be upon the ones who have lost their lives”.
Yesterday, authorities in the Gulf country said three fuel trucks exploded and a fire broke out at a construction site near Abu Dhabi International Airport, killing three people, belonging from India and Pakistan, and injuring six others in what officials say was an operation using missiles and drones, reported AA.
Later, Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree codenamed the operation “Yemeni Hurricane” and said it came in response to what he described as the “US-Saudi-Emirati escalation” in Yemen.
Saree added that his group’s operation targeted the airports of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the oil refinery in the Mussafah area in Abu Dhabi and “a number of important and sensitive Emirati sites and facilities” using five ballistic and winged missiles and a large number of drones.
He also warned of more attacks on UAE and called on foreign companies, nationals and residents to avoid important sites and facilities in the UAE for their safety.
The UAE officials in a statement said it reserves the right to respond to the attacks and vowed that such attacks will not go unpunished.
After the said attack, the United States, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other major countries and Organizations have also condemned the Houthi militia for the attack and also vowed to hold militia accountable.