Explosion of tanker trucks in the Emirates: what we know

Several tank trucks exploded on Monday January 17 in an extension of Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates. The provisional human toll reports 3 dead (two Indian nationals and a Pakistani) as well as 6 wounded.

A drone attack

The authorities on site mentioned an incident linked to a drone attack, which led to the explosion of these trucks containing fuel. This is the first attack to kill on Emirati territory.

In addition, a “minor fire” occurred in “the new construction area of ​​Abu Dhabi International Airport”, added the official Emirati agency WAM without reporting any casualties.

Houthi rebels claim

“The armed forces (of the Houthis) carried out a qualitative and successful military operation within the framework of an operation dubbed Hurricane of Yemen”, affirmed the spokesman of the Houthis rebels of Yemen Yahya Saree in an official statement diffused on their Al channel. – Massira. “A number of important and sensitive Emirati sites and facilities” were targeted with ballistic missiles and drones, he said.

As a reminder, the United Arab Emirates are part of a military coalition under Saudi command which has been intervening since 2015 in Yemen to support government forces at war against the Houthi rebels supported by Iran.


On Monday evening, the anti-Houthi coalition carried out raids in Yemen, in retaliation. “In response to the threat and a military necessity, airstrikes are beginning in Sanaa,” she announced in a tweet from SPA, Saudi Arabia’s official news agency.

The international community condemns the attack on the Emirates

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, both allies of the Emirates, but also Iraq, the UN, the United States, the United Kingdom and France condemned the attack. “President Emmanuel Macron strongly condemns the attacks against Abu Dhabi today, and supports the United Arab Emirates,” said the French presidency. “These attacks threaten the security of the territory of the United Arab Emirates and the stability of the region. France expresses its support for the United Arab Emirates in the face of these attacks,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement earlier.