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Three Killed in Drone Attack on Abu Dhabi

Three people were killed and six were injured after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement claimed responsibility for an alleged drone attack on the United Arab Emirates that occurred Monday morning, January 17, state media reported.

Shortly afterward, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that it had managed to down eight drones launched in the direction of Saudi Arabia.

Three fuel tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi's Musaffah industrial area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC and a fire broke out at a storage facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The airport has suspended all flights for the time being due to the drone attack, local media claims.

Drones were spotted in the area prior to the explosion. "Initial investigations found parts of a small plane that could possibly be a drone at both sites that could have caused the explosion and the fire," the police said in a statement on state news agency WAM.

Of those killed in the drone attack, one was Pakistani and two were Indian. They were killed in the explosion of the tanker trucks.

Meanwhile, those injured are lightly to moderately injured, according to local media, citing Abu Dhabi police.

The military spokesperson for the Houthi movement said that the group had launched a military attack on the UAE, and that details would be announced soon. Few such attacks in the UAE have been claimed by the Houthis in the past, and they have been – for the most part – denied by Emirati officials.

The Houthis have repeatedly launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia and have in the past threatened to attack the UAE.

Shortly after the attack in the UAE, Saudi-led forces announced that they had prevented a drone attack in Saudi Arabia. (JPost / VFI News)

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