Abu Dhabi attacks.. Arab condemnation and Washington is cooperating with the UAE and Israel confirms its support.
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Many Arab and foreign countries condemned the attack that targeted the industrial area and the airport in Abu Dhabi, killing 3 people and wounding 6 others, while the Houthis claimed responsibility for this operation, which they described as qualitative.
In response to the Houthi attack, the Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a phone call to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, in which they stressed the need for the international community to stand up to what they called flagrant violations of international laws and norms.
For his part, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said, through his Twitter account, that what he described as the Houthi militia’s attack on Saudi Arabia and the UAE represents a threat to the security of the entire region, and that the Houthis have chosen an escalatory path and will bear the result of their tampering with the future of Yemen, as he put it.
Earlier, Arab countries, including Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania, announced their condemnation of the attack, and their solidarity with the UAE.
In the latest reactions to the attack on Abu Dhabi, the US State Department said that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in contact with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed, condemned the terrorist attacks that targeted locations in Abu Dhabi, including the airport, and resulted in civilian deaths and injuries.
The Foreign Ministry statement affirmed Washington’s firm commitment to the security of the UAE, and that the United States stands united with its Emirati partners, according to the statement.
Axios website quoted a prominent Emirati official as saying that the UAE Foreign Minister asked Blinken, in their call, to reclassify the Houthis in Yemen as a terrorist organization, due to the recent events.
For his part, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the United States is working with the UAE and international partners to hold the Houthis to account.
For its part, the Wall Street Journal quoted a US official as saying that Iran was not suspected of involvement in the attack, noting that the Houthis were working alone while the Emiratis bombed them.
On Monday, France condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack on Abu Dhabi International Airport and the adjacent industrial area.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his support for the UAE, stressing that his country remains “committed to working in the interest of reaching a sustainable political settlement in Yemen.”
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that “these attacks threaten the security of the UAE’s territory and the stability of the region, and France expresses its support for the UAE in the face of these attacks.”
The minister renewed his call to the Houthis to “immediately stop their destabilizing actions in Yemen and the region, and to engage constructively in a political process to end the crisis” in this country.
On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the attack, and said on Twitter, “I condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that the Houthis have claimed against the UAE.”
The European Union condemned the attack on oil facilities in Abu Dhabi, and expressed its refusal to target civilians and civilian infrastructure.
The European Union stressed the importance of a peaceful and political solution to the crisis in Yemen, calling for restraint, avoiding escalation and working to reach a political solution by all parties in Yemen.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid strongly condemned the attack on the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, and stressed Israel’s support for the UAE.
In his tweet on Twitter, Lapid called on the international community to condemn such attacks, and to act immediately to prevent Iran and its proxies from having the tools to continue to undermine regional security and harm innocents, as he put it.
On the other hand, the leader of the Houthi group, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said in a statement that all countries that have significant economic relations and investments with the UAE should view it as an unsafe country.
For his part, the spokesman for the Houthi group, Muhammad Abd al-Salam, said in a tweet on Twitter that “a small state in the region is desperate to serve America and Israel, and it had claimed that it had distanced itself from Yemen, but it was exposed in recent days, contrary to what it claimed.”
He added, “After that, she is clear that she hastened to stop her hand from tampering in Yemen, or that he comes to her with the power of God, who will not cut off her hand and the hand of others.”