According to the police of the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the trucks loaded with fuel exploded and burst into flames. Authorities said six other people were injured. In addition, a “smaller fire” broke out near the airport.
Houthis claim attack
Meanwhile, the Houthi rebels active in Yemen reported that they had carried out “military operations” against the Emirates. Rebel spokesman Jahja al-Saree said further details of the military actions would be announced in the next few hours.
“Preliminary investigations indicate the discovery of small flying objects,” said the Abu Dhabi police. The explosion was “probably” caused by “drones”, reported the official news agency WAM. The dead are a Pakistani and two Indian citizens. The authorities had initiated an investigation.
Since 2015, Yemen has been at war between President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi’s troops, supported by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states, and the Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran.
In the past, the Houthi rebels had repeatedly attacked targets in Saudi Arabia. Nothing was known about Houthi attacks on the Emirates.