UAE drone attack: India to provide assistance to families of two Indians killed in UAE: Sent

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India said it would provide ‘all possible assistance’ to the families of two Indian citizens killed in a suspected Houthi drone attack near Abu Dhabi airport that triggered multiple explosions in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed and six others injured in Monday’s attack claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The explosions were caused by “small flying objects”, possibly drones, which hit three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking to The National newspaper on Monday, India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Sunjay Sudhir, said the Indian government would provide “all possible assistance” to the families of the two deceased Indian citizens.

The Indian Embassy has yet to announce the names of the two Indians killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, messages of condemnation and solidarity poured in from various quarters, a day after the drone attack.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia called Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

The Saudi Crown Prince expressed his deepest condolences for the deceased and his wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack in “the strongest terms”.

The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and criminal escalation,” a statement from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said the drone attacks, which hit the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) fuel facilities and the airport, will not go unpunished.

The UAE has been involved in a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, also received a phone call from King Abdullah of Jordan, in which he condemned the Houthi attack on facilities and civilian areas in the United Arab Emirates.

The King affirmed Jordan’s support for the United Arab Emirates in the face of threats to their security and expressed his condolences.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to affirm US condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the Houthi terrorist militia against civilian areas and facilities in the United Arab Emirates United.

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