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Drone attack in UAE, Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack

Drone attack in UAE, Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack

Drone attack in UAE, Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack
Who are the Houthi rebels?

News: Drone attack in UAE

On Monday, a suspected drone attack was confirmed in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, in which three people, including two Indians, were killed.

The Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack, the second this month by Houthi rebels.


Who are the Houthi rebels?

Large parts of Yemen are occupied by Houthi rebels, where a Saudi-led military coalition is fighting against the Houthis for the restoration of an internationally recognized government.

The Houthi movement was founded in the 1990s by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, a member of Yemen's Shia majority.

In 2004, Saleh's government issued an arrest warrant against Hussein al-Houthi, who opposed the arrest; A rebellion began. His brother Abdul Malik took power since then launched several military campaigns in Zayid Garh Saada, locally known as the Houthi Movement.

Indeed, after the Yemeni civil war in 1962–70, these powerful Zaidi Shias, who had been a powerful sect within Yemen for centuries, were further isolated after the 1980s. While the Sunni ideal was rapidly rising in neighboring Saudi Arabia, Yemen Shias were unhappy with their president and Saudi ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, leading Saleh to resign in 2012.

He later aligned with Saleh to overthrow the then-new president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. By January 2015, the Houthi-Saleh coalition occupied much of Sanaa northern Yemen, including the crucial Red Sea coast.

The latter, however, executed Saleh in December 2017 after being accused of switching sides against the Houthi Saleh and being an ally with the Saudi-led coalition.

The rapid rise of the Houthis in Yemen raised alarm bells in Riyadh, which saw them as an Iranian proxy, and led Saudi Arabia to launch a military campaign against the Houthis in March 2015 under the leadership of Mohammed bin Salman.

In the past six years, the Houthis have carried out several attacks on Saudi cities in northern Yemen in retaliation for Saudi airstrikes, and in 2019 the Houthis also claimed attacks on two Saudi oil bases.

 

News: Why the UAE was targeted by Houthi rebels?

This is not the first time the Houthis have attacked the UAE, with the Houthis claiming an attack against the emirate in 2018 when UAE-backed forces were advancing into Yemen. After this, the United Arab Emirates announced a gradual withdrawal of its troops from Yemen in 2019.

These attacks on the UAE's second most populous city, Abu Dhabi, by flying armed drones from northern Yemen to the Gulf Coast, either in Saudi Arabia or through the Gulf of Oman, appear to be sending a clear message to the Houthi Emirate that Yemen Stay out or face more attacks.

 

Current and Long Term Implications of Houthi Insurgent Attacks:

The exchange of attacks could sabotage a series of high-level talks between conflicting countries at regional and international levels, as well as Iran and Western powers on how to revive the 2015 agreement to limit the Iran nuclear program. Interaction between them will also be affected.

Apart from this, the possibilities of talks between Saudi Arabia and regional rival Iran will also be affected by this. Also, these long-range attacks by drones demonstrated the capability of the Houthis, after which oil prices rose. After this, there were reactions from the US and other global leaders. Issues like investment, migrant workers, etc. will be affected globally by any type of attack on the UAE.

On the one hand, if Iran is considered a factor behind the attack on Abu Dhabi, then confidence-building measures may fail, it will be difficult to see how the talks can continue.

 

News: India stands with UAE against terrorism in all international fora

India has said that it stands with UAE against terrorism in all international forums. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, met the Foreign Minister of India, S. During a phone conversation with Jaishankar, he expressed condolences to the Indian people killed in a terrorist attack in UAE recently.

In response, Jaishankar strongly condemned the terror attack and asserted that such attacks on innocent civilians are completely unacceptable and against all civilized norms. He also appreciated the immediate assistance provided by the UAE.

Speaking on the occasion, the External Affairs Minister conveyed India's strong solidarity with the UAE to counter such attacks and said that India will stand by the UAE in international forums, given its principled position against terrorism.

Two days ago, two Indians and a Pakistani were killed in a horrific explosion in three petroleum tankers in Abu Dhabi. The explosion at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is believed to have been carried out by a drone strike by Houthi rebels.

 

What should do to fight against these attacks?

In such incidents, it becomes necessary to learn from the mistakes made in the past and avoid their repetition. At the same time, steps should be taken to make the new conditions favorable. Efforts should be made to reach a proper resolution of the issues through negotiations at the international level.

 

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