Drone attack ‘may be behind Abu Dhabi tankers explosion’

Abu Dhabi, Air Plane, Airport

Drones may have sparked an explosion on three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and may have sparked a separate fire at an extension of the emirate’s main airport, police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said.

Abu Dhabi police described the airport fire as “minor” and said it took place at an extension of its main international airport which is still under construction.

The statement reported a separate explosion on three petroleum tankers near a storage facility for ADNOC, Abu Dhabi’s state-owned oil company.

Police said preliminary investigations indicated the detection of small flying objects, possibly belonging to drones, that fell in the two areas and may have caused the explosion and fire.

They said there was no significant damage from the incidents.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, meanwhile, claimed to have launched an attack in the UAE. Abu Dhabi is the UAE’s seat of government and steers the country’s foreign policy.

The UAE has been at war in Yemen since early 2015, and was a key member of the Saudi-led coalition that launched attacks against the Iranian-backed Houthis after the group overran the capital of Yemen and ousted the internationally backed government there.

Houthi military spokesman Yahia Sarei said the group launched an attack deep in the UAE.

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