On the 17th of January, Abu Dhabi International Airport and a key oil facility was attacked by small flying objects resulting in fires and injuring six people and killing a three. It was a suspected drone attack, that, later was claimed to be a deliberate action by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
“Preliminary investigation indicated the detection of small flying objects, possibly belonging to drones, that fell in the two areas causing the explosion and fire.” - UAE Police
Accoring to Al Jazeera, the Police said these “small flying objects” were found as three petrol tanks exploded in an industrial area and a fire was ignited at the airport.
For terrorists an aerial attack proves to be the easiest and most effective way of producing catastrophic and fatal occurences on a budget. This method has become a key tactic for Houthis assaults on Saudi Arabia which has led to significant consequences to the global economy.
In this case, it has led to the death of one Pakistani and two Indian civilian workers at ADNOC. UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also described the attack as a “heinous criminal escalation”. “We condemn the Houthi terrorist militia’s targeting of civilian areas and facilities on UAE soil today … this sinful targeting will not go unpunished,” he said in a statement.