Egypt condemns Houthi terrorist attack on UAE after 3 killed in oil tanker explosions

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Jan 2022

Egypt has reiterated its condemnation of “any terrorist act” committed by the “illegal” Houthi terrorists against the UAE after a fire broke out and three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi, killing three civilians.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R)

Yemen's Houthi group has claimed responsibility for the incident, which took place near storage facilities of the state oil firm ADNOC, describing it as an attack deep inside the UAE, Reuters reported.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed Egypt’s solidarity with the UAE in light of the incident in a phone call with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Three people were killed and six others are suffering from mild to medium injuries due to the blasts, Emirati news agency WAM cited Abu Dhabi police as saying. The deaths were two Indians and one Pakistani national.

The fires started in the Musaffah area and at a site near Abu Dhabi International airport, the police said.

Preliminary investigations reveal that the fires and blasts were caused by small flying objects, probably drones, the police said, noting that the relevant Emirati authorities have launched an investigation.

The Houthi militia has launched thousands of missiles against Saudi Arabia over the past seven years, since a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE intervened in the Yemeni civil war to fight the Houthis.

The militia, however, has claimed few attacks on the UAE.

Shoukry extended condolences to the UAE over the people killed in the explosions and wished the injured a speedy recovery, the foreign ministry’s statement said.

Shoukry stressed Egypt’s condemnation of any terrorist attack by Houthis that target the security, stability, and integrity of the UAE and Emirati citizens.

He also voiced support for measures the UAE takes to deal with any terrorist attack against Emirati lands.

Shoukry reiterated to the Emirati FM Egypt’s unwavering stance to support the security and stability of the UAE, highlighting the firm link between the national security of both countries.

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