Yemen’s Houthi fighters say they had launched drone strikes on the United Arab Emirates that caused an explosion and fire on the outskirts of the capital Abu Dhabi leaving three people dead.
The rare attacks inside the UAE caused a fire at Abu Dhabi’s main international airport and set fuel tanks ablaze in a nearby industrial area.
A preliminary investigation indicates small flying objects, likely drones, fell in both areas and may have triggered the blasts.
Three people — two Indians and one Pakistani — were killed and six others injured in the fuel tank fire.
The Persian Gulf, a major energy export region, has seen waves of attacks on shipping since the US withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in 2018.
Washington has blamed the attacks on Iranian-backed militias, including Houthi fighters in Yemen.
The latest attacks come days after the Houthis warned Abu Dhabi against increased military involvement in Yemen’s energy-rich province of Shabwa.