Abu Dhabi: 3 people were killed in a suspected drone attack in the UAENew Delhi:
Three people including two Indian nationals were killed and six wounded as a suspected drone attack blew up petrol tanks near a major oil storage facility in United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi, local media reported today. Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:The explosions “resulted in the death of a Pakistani national and two Indian nationals, and six others sustained mild to moderate injuries,” state news agency WAM reported.Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it carried out the attack on the UAE, reports said.On Twitter, some people posted what appeared to be the site of the explosion, showing a thick plume of black smoke rising high into the sky.Earlier, local media had reported that three fuel tanks exploded near depots of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, but the cause was not immediately known.Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree later told the broadcaster, Almasirah, that they would soon give details of their “military operation in UAE territory”.The incident in Abu Dhabi comes just days after a UAE ship was seized by the Houthis. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the seizure and demanded immediate release of the vessel and crew.Yemen has been engulfed in a conflict between government forces led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels. Since March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab alliance working with Mr Hadi’s forces has been conducting air, land and sea operations against the Houthis.The Saudi-led coalition believes the use by Houthi forces of two ports as military bases would turn them into legitimate military targets, coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki said last week.The ports of Hodeidah and Salif are controlled by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement and which the Saudi-led coalition has said uses them as launching points for missiles, drones and marine operations.However, air and sea access to Houthi-held areas is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition, that intervened in Yemen in early 2015 after the movement ousted the internationally recognised government from the capital Sanaa.