Iran-backed Houthis say launched attack on UAE; fire, explosion reported in Abu Dhabi

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis said have launched an attack on the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported on Monday, after police in the capital Abu Dhabi reported two fires.

An explosion involving three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and a fire in the construction site of the emirate’s new airport on Monday morning were potentially caused by drones, Abu Dhabi police said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency.

The Houthis plan to announce a “qualitative military operation in the UAE in the coming hours,” according to a post from a Twitter account linked to the militia’s spokesperson Yahya Saree.

Both fires have been brought under control and air traffic was not affected, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.

No significant damage was reported. A full investigation has been launched into the cause of the fires.