Egypt's Al-Azhar condemns Houthi attack against UAE

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

Egypt's Al-Azhar, the world’s highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, has condemned a terrorist attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Monday that killed three people.

 Abu Dhabi International airport
Abu Dhabi International airport. Abu Dhabi airport official Website

Ahmed El-Tayyeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, expressed the institution’s support for the UAE, praying for its safety and offering his condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured.

“The UAE will remain a model and an oasis for tolerance and security and safety no matter how hard enemies attempt to undermine it with such failed terrorist attempts,” he added.

On Monday, Egypt’s foreign ministry reiterated its condemnation of “any terrorist act” committed by the “illegal” Houthi terrorists against the UAE.

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 near Abu Dhabi International airport, the police said.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the fires were caused by small flying objects, likely 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.

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