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    Houthis launch a drone attack on Abu Dhabi Airport and Oil facilities

    DUBAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Monday it had carried out an attack on the United Arab Emirates after authorities in the Gulf state reported two fires in the capital Abu Dhabi that were possibly caused by drones.

    Abu Dhabi police said three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC and that a fire broke out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    "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.

    There was no "significant damage" from the incidents and a full investigation has been launched, the statement added.

    The military spokesman of Yemen's Houthi movement, which is battling a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and including the UAE, said the group launched a military operation "deep in the UAE" and would announce details in coming hours.

    Pro-coalition forces backed by the UAE have recently joined fighting against the Houthis in Yemen's energy-producing regions of Shabwa and Marib.

    The UAE had largely scaled down its military presence in Yemen in 2019 but continues to hold sway through Yemeni forces it armed and trained.

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

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle...ck-2022-01-17/


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    ABU DHABI: Three people were killed in a suspected drone attack that set off a blast and a fire in Abu Dhabi on Monday, officials said, as Yemen's rebels announced military operations in the United Arab Emirates.

    Two Indians and a Pakistani died as three petrol tanks exploded near the storage facility of oil giant ADNOC, while a fire ignited in a construction area at Abu Dhabi airport.

    Police said "small flying objects" were found at both places, suggesting the sort of deliberate attack that is unheard of in the wealthy UAE, a renowned safe haven in the volatile Middle East.

    "Preliminary investigations indicate the detection of small flying objects, possibly belonging to drones, that fell in the two areas and may have caused the explosion and fire," police said in a statement, adding that the incidents were under investigation.

    Yemen's Huthi rebels did not claim the attacks. But the Huthis military spokesman announced a "military operation" in the UAE, a partner in Yemen's pro-government coalition, in what would be a major escalation in the seven-year war.

    Yahya Saree tweeted that the rebels' armed forces had said they would "announce an important military operation in the UAE in the coming hours".

    Drone attacks are a hallmark of the Huthis' assaults on Saudi Arabia, the UAE ally which is leading the coalition fighting for Yemen's government in a grinding civil war.

    The rebels have previously threatened to target Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the gleaming crown jewels of the UAE which last year opened its first nuclear power plant.

    The Huthis' latest statement comes two weeks after they seized a UAE-flagged ship, the Rwabee, off the Yemen coast, and released footage purporting to show military equipment on board.

    The UAE said the Rwabee, whose 11 crew are now hostages, was a "civilian cargo vessel" and called the hijacking a "dangerous escalation" in the busy Red Sea shipping route.

    The rebels later rejected a UN Security Council demand for the ship's immediate release, saying it was "not carrying... toys for children but weapons for extremists".

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    Happened 3 km from where my family lives.....

    Sad event

    But I never understand why when one country attacks another one, and then the second party retaliates people act so enraged and shocked.

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    Three dead and six wounded in 'drone attack' on Abu Dhabi carried out by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
    Two Indians and 1 Pakistani national KIlled.


    #BREAKING: Spokesman for the Yemeni forces: An important statement will be made soon to announce a major military operation performed within the UAE.

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    A sad incident. While attacks like these usually end up killing innocents, its worse here as the poor chaps who died had nothing to do with the UAE beyond going their for a living.

    The emiratis who shape policy and the emirati citizens will always be immune from these incidents.

    Its time the war in Yemen is ended and the Saudi/UAE alliance calls a truce.

    Too many lives have been lost with nothing gained by the Saudi coalition.

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    DUBAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates in what the group said was an operation using missiles and drones, setting off explosions in fuel trucks that killed three people and causing a fire near the airport of Abu Dhabi, capital of the region's commercial and tourism hub.

    The strike on a leading Gulf Arab ally of the United States takes the war between the Houthi group and a Saudi-led coalition to a new level, and may hinder efforts to contain regional tensions as Washington and Tehran work to rescue a nuclear deal.

    "The UAE condemns this terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on areas and civilian facilities on Emirati soil...(It) will not go unpunished," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation."

    The UAE, a member of the coalition, has armed and trained local Yemeni forces that recently joined fighting against the Houthis in Yemen's energy-producing Shabwa and Marib regions.

    "With (nuclear) negotiators running out of time, the risk of a deterioration in the region's security climate is rising," said Torbjorn Soltvedt, principal MENA analyst at risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft.

    The Houthi movement has frequently launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, but has claimed few such attacks on the UAE, mostly denied by Emirati authorities.

    Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said the group launched five ballistic missiles and "a large number" of drones at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, an oil refinery in Musaffah and several "sensitive and important" sites in the UAE. C6N2TI01B

    Abu Dhabi police said three people were killed and six wounded when three fuel tanker trucks exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC. State media said those killed were two Indians and a Pakistani.

    Abu Dhabi police said initial investigations found parts of small planes that could possibly be drones at the sites in Musaffah and Abu Dhabi airport, but they made no mention of missiles.

    ADNOC said an incident at its Mussafah Fuel Depot at 10 a.m. local time had resulted in a fire. Police closed the road leading to the area, where unverified footage on social media had shown thick black smoke.

    "ADNOC is deeply saddened to confirm that three colleagues have died. A further six colleagues were injured and received immediate specialist medical care," it said.

    An Etihad Airways spokesperson said a small number of flights were briefly disrupted at Abu Dhabi airport due to "precautionary measures", but normal operations quickly resumed.

    The Houthi military spokesman warned the group could target "more important" facilities in the UAE next.

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    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Monday's attack and called "upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions in the region," his spokesperson said.

    Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had moved to engage directly with Iran in recent months to avoid any wider conflict that could hurt regional economic ambitions. The Yemen war is widely seen as a proxy war between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran.

    The Houthi strike could derail UAE and wider Gulf dialogue with Iran, said UAE political analyst Abdulkhaleq Abdulla.

    "The UAE is not going to take this very lightly," he said.

    The attack coincided with a visit to the UAE by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A Blue House official said a summit between Moon and Abu Dhabi's crown prince was cancelled.

    Given the range of Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia it was not "technically surprising" the group would be able to hit UAE targets, said Jean-Loup Samaan, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute.

    Other Gulf Arab states condemned the attack. There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials, but Iran's Tasnim news agency reported it as an "important operation".

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    It was always highly stupid for the UAE to be involved in the Yemen war. Did they assume there would be no retaliation? A nasty attack but nothing compared destroying a nation and causing millions into famine.


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    Very sad incident. Totally unfortunate loss of lives of people who had nothing to do with the conflict.

    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It was always highly stupid for the UAE to be involved in the Yemen war. Did they assume there would be no retaliation? A nasty attack but nothing compared destroying a nation and causing millions into famine.
    Most likely, UAE was arm-twisted into joining the war by the Saudis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post


    Most likely, UAE was arm-twisted into joining the war by the Saudis.

    If you follow Gulf politics on a detailed level, you will see it was the other way round. Though "fooled" is a more appropriate word than "arm twisted"

    At one stage, UAE were strongly encouraging the southerners to secede and get a new country (which Saudi was against and Saudi backed forces fought UAE backed forces there)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It was always highly stupid for the UAE to be involved in the Yemen war. Did they assume there would be no retaliation? A nasty attack but nothing compared destroying a nation and causing millions into famine.
    I never get one thing

    1) US bombs Afghanistan and Iraq, yet when one of them attacks a US Soldier, all hell breaks loose and Americans get so angry at how dare they retaliate..........

    2)Same logic goes for Yemen.

    What sort of thinking must go into you to believe you have the right to kill tens of thousands of people by bombing, but they dont have the right to do anything else?

    If you follow Social media in Dubai, you would see Pakistanis and Indian expats the most outraged of all. Some are even posting the same comment on how Pakistani govt will send troops over

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    Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)The Saudi led-coalition fighting in Yemen launched airstrikes on the Yemeni capital on Monday, shortly after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly drone attack in the United Arab Emirates.

    "In response to the threat and military necessity, airstrikes began on Sana'a," Saudi Arabia's state-run Al-Ekhbariya said on Twitter.

    "The vicious attack on the UAE is a hostile act. The Houthi targeting of civilians in the kingdom and the UAE are war crimes whose perpetrators must be held accountable," Al-Ekhbariya said in a tweet.

    The drone attack near Abu Dhabi's aiport killed at least three people and sparked multiple explosions in the UAE's capital.

    One Pakistani and two Indians were killed, the UAE's official news agency WAM said. Eight others were injured, including two airport employees and six people at another explosion site, Abu Dhabi Police said in a statement on Facebook.

    The spokesperson for Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, warning the "UAE is an unsafe state as long as its aggressive escalation against Yemen continues."

    "Five ballistic missiles and a large number of drones were used in an operation dubbed as 'Operation Hurricane Yemen' targeted Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, the Musaffah oil refinery in Abu Dhabi and a number of important and sensitive Emirate sites and facilities," Houthi spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Yahya Saree said on the Houthi-owned Al Masirah TV channel Monday.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/17/m...ntl/index.html


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    An air strike killed about 14 people in a building in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said on Tuesday, during strikes across the city launched by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group.

    The alliance strikes on Houthi-held Sanaa followed an attack claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Monday on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi, in which three people, including one Pakistani, were killed.

    The coalition also said it intercepted eight drones launched toward Saudi Arabia on Monday.

    Early on Tuesday, the coalition said it had begun air strikes against strongholds and camps in Sanaa belonging to the Houthi group, Saudi state media said.

    The strikes appeared to be the deadliest since 2019 on Sanaa.

    The strike that killed about 14 people, according to initial estimates, was on the home of a former military official.

    It killed him, his wife, his 25-year-old son, other family members and some unidentified people, a medical source and residents told Reuters.

    According to a report by Al Arabiya, the strike killed Houthi leader Major General Abdullah Qassem al-Junaid.

    The strikes were launched “in response to threat and military necessity”, a spokesperson for the coalition said.

    Coalition strikes around the city had killed a total of about 20 people, the deputy foreign minister for the Houthi administration, which holds much of northern Yemen, said on Twitter.

    Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said strikes had damaged houses, killed at least a dozen people and wounded about a dozen.

    The UAE has armed and trained Yemeni forces that recently joined fighting against the Houthis in Yemen's energy-producing regions of Shabwa and Marib.

    Monday's Houthi-claimed attack on two sites in the UAE set off explosions in fuel trucks, killed three people and ignited a blaze near Abu Dhabi airport.

    In response, the UAE said it reserved the right to respond to “terrorist attacks and criminal escalation”.

    Pakistan condemns terrorist attack

    Pakistan has condemned the attack on UAE, saying that such attacks "violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the UAE and pose a grave threat to the regional peace and security".

    In a statement issued on Monday, the Foreign Office called for an immediate end to attacks. It also offered condolences to the families of the victims.

    It emphasised that Pakistan stood in solidarity with the UAE in the "face of this wanton act of terrorism".

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    Early on Tuesday, the coalition said it had begun air strikes against strongholds and camps in Sanaa belonging to the Houthi group, Saudi state media said.

    The strikes appeared to be the deadliest since 2019 on Sanaa.

    The strike that killed about 14 people, according to initial estimates, was on the home of a former military official.

    It killed him, his wife, his 25-year-old son, other family members and some unidentified people, a medical source and residents told Reuters.


    No one condemning this?

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    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle...ck-2022-01-18/

    Israel has offered security and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates against further drone attacks after a deadly strike by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group, according to a letter released on Tuesday by Israel's leader.

    Three people were killed and six wounded on Monday when three tanker trucks exploded in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. A Houthi military spokesman said the group fired "a large number" of drones and five ballistic missiles in the attack.

    On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned what he described as a "terrorist drone attack".

    His spokesman attached a copy of a condolence letter he sent on Monday to the UAE's de facto leader, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

    "We stand ready to offer you security and intelligence support in order to help you protect your citizens from similar attacks," Bennett wrote. "I have ordered the Israeli security establishment to provide their counterparts in the UAE with any assistance, should you be interested."

    The UAE, along with Bahrain, signed U.S.-brokered normalisation agreements with Israel at the White House in 2020. The two Gulf nations and Israel share common concerns about Iran and its allied forces in the region.

    "Israel is committed to working closely with you in the ongoing battle against extremist forces in the region, and we will continue to partner with you to defeat our common enemies," Bennett said in his message to Sheikh Mohammed.

    Bennett and Sheikh Mohammed held talks in Abu Dhabi in December last year, the first ever public meeting between the two men.

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    The foreign ministers of Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, a day after missile and drone attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in Abu Dhabi killed three people, including a Pakistani national.

    A Foreign Office statement said that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi received a telephone call from his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to discuss the Abu Dhabi terrorist attack.

    The Abu Dhabi police said that three people were killed and six wounded when three fuel tanker trucks exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC. The state media said those killed were two Indians and a Pakistani.

    The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Houthi militia has often carried out such attacks against Saudi Arabia but it was rare it targeted the UAE. The Gulf state has vowed to hit back at those who carried out the attacks.

    Pakistan has for years been treading carefully on the Yemen conflict but it has unequivocally condemned Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and now against the UAE. Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s strong condemnation of the heinous terrorist attack on civilian areas by Houthi militia.

    He offered condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured. The UAE foreign minister conveyed heartfelt condolences on the demise of a Pakistani national, due to the terrorist attack in Abu Dhabi on 17 January.

    He also shared details of the tragic incident with Foreign Minister Qureshi. The foreign minister thanked the UAE government for extending all-out support in the early repatriation of the mortal remains of the deceased Pakistani national and the treatment for the injured.

    Expressing solidarity with the brotherly people and government of the UAE over the tragic incident, Qureshi underlined that such acts violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the United Arab Emirates.

    He called for immediate cessation of such attacks, which continued to pose a grave threat to regional and international peace and security. “Pakistan and UAE have excellent fraternal ties. The two foreign ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening and deepening bilateral relations further,” the Foreign Office spokesperson said.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339425...-terror-attack


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    Thats proxy wars being going on from last couple of years. Back in 2019, there were 4 tanker ships carrying oil was shot by some kind of drones which resulted in temporary grounding of these ships in fujairah port waters, in which 2 were Saudi vessels. Very dangerous affairs between these countries. It was done by Iran and they even faked the news of bombing port of fujairah just one day after the sabotage incident

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    Prime Minister Imran Khan called Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed on Tuesday to offer condolences after an attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi militia left three people, including a Pakistani national, dead and six injured.

    The Abu Dhabi police had said that three people were killed and six wounded when three fuel tankers exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC. The state media said those killed were two Indians and a Pakistani.

    The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Houthi militia has often carried out such attacks against Saudi Arabia but it was rare it targeted the UAE. The Gulf state has vowed to hit back at those who carried out the attacks.

    During the telephonic conversation, Imran “strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attack by Houthi militia on civil facilities”, said a statement issued by the PM’s Office. He offered deepest condolences to the families of all the victims and prayed for a speedy recovery of the injured.

    According to the statement, “The prime minister expressed solidarity with the leadership, government, and people of the United Arab Emirates.”

    He underlined that such attacks cannot be justified and stressed the immediate cessation of these attacks, which continue to pose a grave threat to regional peace and security.

    The crown prince thanked the premier for the “strong expression of support, and also offered condolence on the sad demise of a Pakistani national who died in the tragic incident,” the statement added.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339439...k-near-airport


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    This is cowardly from the Houthis.

    Yemen war needs to stop now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    This is cowardly from the Houthis.

    Yemen war needs to stop now.
    Saudi coalition have been bombing North Yemen for fun for many years, how many times did you call that cowardly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHorn View Post
    Saudi coalition have been bombing North Yemen for fun for many years, how many times did you call that cowardly?
    Iran and Houthis started it.

    Anyway. Saudis are wrong too. This war shouldn't have happened.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Iran and Houthis started it.

    Anyway. Saudis are wrong too. This war shouldn't have happened.
    Sorry but the Saudi coalition attacked Yemen first in 2014/5 when Yemenis were fighting amongst each other.

    I dont blame you, it is common among many Bengali circles to suck up to the Gulf and demonize Iran for sectarian reasons, which would explain why you made the blatantly false statement that "Houthis and Iran started it".
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    An airstrike on a prison in northern Yemen killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 more, while a separate attack shut down the country’s internet, as Saudi-led reprisals to a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab Emirates intensified.

    The violence marked an especially deadly day in the seven-year war, leaving bystanders searching through rubble with their bare hands to rescue those trapped in two locations: a prison in the city of Sa’ada and a telecommunications centre in the port city of Hodeidah, where three children playing football nearby were reported to have been killed.

    The prison in Sa’ada, which has been used as a detention centre for migrant workers transiting through Yemen, was the scene of even more devastation, with dozens of men reported buried in the rubble after jets struck at about 2.30am. By nightfall, workers were still trying to remove debris to reach those still trapped.

    Overwhelmed nearby hospitals said they had been forced to turn away some of the injured.

    “From what I hear from my colleague in Sa’ada there are many bodies still at the scene of the airstrike, many missing people,” said Ahmed Mahat, the Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission in Yemen. “It is impossible to know how many people have been killed. It seems to have been a horrific act of violence. Al-Gumhourriyeh hospital in the city has so far received around 200 wounded and they say that they are so overwhelmed that they cannot take any more patients.”

    The downing of Yemen’s internet marks another low in a conflict that rivals the Syrian war as the most devastating humanitarian disaster in the world.

    “News of the Saudi air strike on a prison – a protected civilian site – and knocking out Yemen’s internet is both tragic and no surprise,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor at Notre Dame law school in the US. “President Biden indicated at his press conference (on 19 January) that he would not be making every effort to end the Yemen civil war. The war has been catastrophic for civilians. The US has a duty to end it, following principles of international law. That means ending support for Saudi attacks.”

    Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when the Houthi descended from their base in Sa’ada to overrun the capital, Sana’a, prompting Saudi-led forces to intervene to prop up the government the following year.

    Saudi jets have sharply stepped up attacks across Houthi-held parts of Yemen this week in the wake of a drone attack on Monday in Abu Dhabi that was claimed by the Houthi leadership. The strikes on an oil production plant and the nearby international airport killed three people and wounded six more, penetrating the UAE’s vaunted air defences for the first time.

    Proxy forces backed by Abu Dhabi had earlier pushed back a Houthi advance towards the government-held city of Marib.

    The UN security council on Friday condemned the Houthi attack. “The members of the security council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, 17 January, as well as in other sites in Saudi Arabia,” the council said. “The members of the security council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

    In a separate statement, the council also condemned Friday’s Saudi strikes.

    Yemen’s civil war has been a catastrophe for millions of its citizens who have fled their homes, with many close to famine. The UN has estimated the war had killed 377,000 people by the end of 2021, both directly and indirectly through hunger and disease.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ead-or-wounded


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    An airstrike on a prison in northern Yemen killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 more, while a separate attack shut down the country’s internet, as Saudi-led reprisals to a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab Emirates intensified.

    The violence marked an especially deadly day in the seven-year war, leaving bystanders searching through rubble with their bare hands to rescue those trapped in two locations: a prison in the city of Sa’ada and a telecommunications centre in the port city of Hodeidah, where three children playing football nearby were reported to have been killed.

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    https://news.sky.com/story/yemen-un-...eople-12522259

    The UN has condemned an airstrike on a detention centre in Yemen that killed at least 60 people.

    The temporary facility, which is in a stronghold of the rebel Houthi movement in northern Saada province, was struck on Friday.

    It marked another deadly day in the war between Saudi led coalition forces and Houthi rebels which has been going on since 2015.

    A spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said further deadly airstrikes had been reported elsewhere in Yemen with three children among those reportedly killed in the western city of Hodeidah. "An airstrike on telecommunications facilities in Hodeidah has also significantly disrupted vital internet services across much of the country," Mr Dujarric said in a statement.

    "The Secretary-General calls for prompt, effective and transparent investigations into these incidents to ensure accountability." Meanwhile, the Houthi government's health minister, Taha al Motawakel, described the airstrikes as a "war crime".

    "The coalition (Saudi-led coalition) is targeting civilians, they attacked the detention centre in Saada province that hosts civilian inmates known by the Red Cross and were visited by them, they were directly targeted by Saudi-led coalition aircrafts. Until this moment rescuers are still searching for victims," he said. "We are looking at a very big crime and there is an American green light to kill civilians, that's what we can see through targeting the detention centre in Saada province and the continuous killing of civilians without chasing the convicts or the war criminals.

    "We consider this a war crime against humanity. The world should take its responsibility at this critical moment in human history, we are witnessing many victims." But the Saudi-led coalition said reports of it targeting the detention centre were untrue, the Saudi official news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

    A coalition spokesman said the target in Saada was not on no-targeting lists agreed upon with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, was not reported by the International Committee of the Red Cross and did not meet the standards specified by the Third Geneva Convention for Prisoners of War. Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has called for a de-escalation in the conflict after the latest offensive. On Friday, Mr Blinken said: "The escalation in fighting and attacks across Yemen must come to an end.

    "We urge all parties to commit to a peaceful, diplomatic solution to ending the conflict. The Yemeni people deserve to live in peace and determine their own future." Earlier this week, Houthis claimed responsibility for an attack on the United Arab Emirates, a member of the coalition, which killed at least three people and injured at least six others. The Houthis said they fired four Quds cruise missiles at an oil refinery in the Musaffah district and airport in Abu Dhabi, a Zulfiqar ballistic missile at Dubai airport and several drones at those and other sites.

    United Nations envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg voiced grave concern over the military escalation and called on both sides to "exercise maximum restraint".

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHorn View Post
    An airstrike on a prison in northern Yemen killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 more, while a separate attack shut down the country’s internet, as Saudi-led reprisals to a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab Emirates intensified.

    The violence marked an especially deadly day in the seven-year war, leaving bystanders searching through rubble with their bare hands to rescue those trapped in two locations: a prison in the city of Sa’ada and a telecommunications centre in the port city of Hodeidah, where three children playing football nearby were reported to have been killed.

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    Yeah. I know these things are happening. That's the unfortunate nature of war.

    The question is, why did Houthis (backed by Iran) remove legitimate government of Yemen? That started this mess. Saudi Arabia obviously didn't want Houthis right at their doorsteps.

    Again, I am not defending Saudi action. I am simply saying Houthis started it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthi_takeover_in_Yemen.


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    Seems as if the very safe UAE will also become a warzone soon.


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    The UAE intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles that the Houthi terror group fired towards the country.

    The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the attack did not result in any casualties.

    "The remnants of the intercepted ballistic missiles fell in separate areas around Abu Dhabi," the statement added.

    The ministry confirmed its readiness to deal with any threats.

    It urged residents to source news from official channels only.

    Last week, suspected drone attacks on two civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi by Yemen-based Houthi militants left three people dead and six injured.

    One fire caused an explosion in three Adnoc fuel tankers in Mussafah. Another minor fire broke out in the new construction area of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    The Arab League had on Sunday said Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels should be labelled as a terrorist group after the attack on UAE.

    In a statement following an extraordinary meeting, the pan-Arab bloc called the strikes “a flagrant violation of international law... and a real threat to vital civilian installations, energy supplies, and global economic stability”, as well as a threat to regional peace and security.

    Messages of support have been pouring in for the UAE, with world leaders condemning the "cowardly attacks".

    On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the Houthi strikes on the UAE.

    https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/featu...?ocid=msedgntp


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    DUBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates intercepted and destroyed two Houthi ballistic missiles targeting the Gulf country on Monday with no casualties, its defence ministry said, following a deadly attack a week earlier.

    For more than six years, Yemen's Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, repeatedly carrying out cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, and launching an unprecedented assault on the UAE on Jan. 17.

    The coalition has in the past week conducted deadly air strikes in Yemen it says are aimed at crippling the capabilities of the Iran-aligned movement in a conflict that is largely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    The Houthi military spokesman on Monday said the group fired Zulfiqar ballistic missiles at al-Dhafra airbase in Abu Dhabi, which is used by the United States, alongside other "sensitive targets". The group launched drones at Dubai, he added.

    The UAE defence ministry said remnants of the intercepted missiles fell in separate areas around Abu Dhabi and that it was taking necessary protective measures against attacks.

    It later posted a video on Twitter of what it described as an F-16 warplane destroying a Houthi missile launcher in Yemen's al-Jawf at 1:10 a.m. GMT which the group had used in the operation.

    UAE newspaper The National cited Abu Dhabi residents reporting flashes in the sky around 12:30 a.m GMT.

    Monday's attack was the second on UAE soil since last week's strike that hit a fuel depot in Abu Dhabi, killing three people, and causing a fire near its international airport.S8N2QO04R

    The Dubai benchmark stock index was down 1% in early trade, while the Abu Dhabi stock index dropped 0.7%. The UAE is the region's commercial and tourism hub.

    The Houthi military spokesman said Monday's operation also targeted "sensitive" sites in southern Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi state media earlier said the coalition intercepted a missile, with remnants causing damage in a southern industrial area. State media ran images claiming to show winged remains of the projectiles and of the twisted metal of cars and buildings.

    On Sunday night, state media said a ballistic missile fell near another region in the south, injuring two foreigners and causing damage in an industrial area. read more

    The United Nations, which along with the United States has struggled to engineer a ceasefire for Yemen, has voiced concern over escalations and called for maximum restraint by both sides.

    Coalition air strikes on Yemen killed at least 60 people in Saada province on Friday, and about 20 people in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Tuesday.

    The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 months after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognised government from Sanaa. The group says it is fighting a corrupt system and foreign aggression.

    Reuters


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Yeah. I know these things are happening. That's the unfortunate nature of war.

    The question is, why did Houthis (backed by Iran) remove legitimate government of Yemen? That started this mess. Saudi Arabia obviously didn't want Houthis right at their doorsteps.

    Again, I am not defending Saudi action. I am simply saying Houthis started it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthi_takeover_in_Yemen.

    Its like a civil war

    When you say "legitimate government", Morsi's rule was also "legitimate", yet he was removed in a coup
    Houthis did something similar to a coup as well.
    Of course Saudis cheered the coup in Egypt yet cried foul when something similar happened in Yemen and started a war

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    ADEN, Jan 28 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and 34 injured in what Yemeni-government media said was a Houthi missile strike on Marib city on Wednesday night, state news agency SABA said on Friday.

    A resident and a medical source said a missile on Wednesday had fallen next to a military building in the al-Matar area.

    Marib city is the Yemeni government's last northern stronghold. It sits in an energy-producing region which has been the focus of fighting over the past year, during which Iran-aligned Houthi forces advanced towards the city.

    The fighting for Marib has dashed U.N.-led ceasefire efforts as both sides ramped up military operations. read more

    Aid agency Save the Children late on Thursday said 28 civilians had been killed or injured and that international law must be respected in Yemen's seven-year conflict.

    "Civilians must be spared the horrors of ongoing fighting," it said in a Twitter post.

    In the past few weeks the Houthis have launched a number of missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition backing the government's fight against the Houthis, and two unprecedented attacks on the United Arab Emirates, a coalition member. read more

    The Saudi-led coalition has in recent weeks stepped up air strikes on Houthi areas in Yemen, including on a detention centre which killed around 90 people. read more


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    DUBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The United States said it is sending fighter jets to assist the United Arab Emirates following missile attacks on the Gulf state launched by Yemen's Houthi movement, including a foiled attack aimed at a base hosting U.S. forces.

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also told Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a telephone call on Tuesday that Washington would send the guided missile destroyer the USS Cole to partner with the UAE navy ahead of a port call in Abu Dhabi.

    "The Secretary also informed the Crown Prince of his decision to deploy 5th Generation Fighter aircraft to assist the UAE against the current threat and as a clear signal that the United States stands with the UAE as a long-standing strategic partner," the U.S. Defense Department said in a release.

    The UAE on Monday intercepted a missile during a visit by Israel's president, the third such attack in two weeks claimed by the Iran-aligned group that is battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE.

    A week earlier, the U.S. military said it had fired multiple Patriot missile interceptors at two inbound missiles which the Houthis said they fired at the UAE's al-Dhafra air base.

    The Emirati envoy to the United Nations last week said the UAE may upgrade its defensive capabilities and was in discussions with the United States.

    The United States would continue providing early warning intelligence and collaborate on air defence, Austin told Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE's de facto ruler.


    The attacks on the UAE, the region's commercial and tourism hub, are an escalation in the Yemen war, in which the Houthis have repeatedly launched missiles and drones at Saudi Arabia.

    The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government from the capital, Sanaa.


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    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Deputy Supreme Commander and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to express solidarity after an attempted Houthi attack.

    In a statement issued from the Prime Minister's Office, the premier condemned the attempted missile attack by Houthis against the UAE on January 30, 2022. He commended the timely and effective air defence response of the UAE that saved valuable precious lives.

    The PM expressed abiding solidarity with the leadership, government and the people of the UAE. He expressed deep concern at the recent escalation in attacks that have seriously threatened regional peace and security.

    The premier reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding support for efforts to protect and promote regional peace and security through dialogue and diplomacy.

    The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest; and agreed to continue regular and close consultations at the highest level.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2341605...-houthi-attack


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