The Indian Consulate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is still trying to get details of the two Indians among the three killed in an explosion caused by a suspected drone attack near the capital Abu Dhabi, Sunjay Sudhir, Indian envoy to the United Arab Emirates, told DailyExpertNews.
“Our top priority is to find out who these Indians are so that we can contact their families and do what is necessary,” he said, stressing that the country is “a very safe place” and that is the message that they are trying to convey. communicate with the Indian community.
He appealed to the Indian community in the UAE, as well as people in India who have relatives and friends in the country, to remain calm.
“There has been an explosion at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) oil storage containers in the Musaffah area which is about 20 km from the capital Abu Dhabi and unfortunately two Indians were killed. We are still trying to get the details of the identity of the the Indians,” said Sudhir.
UAE authorities have said the explosion in Mussafah, near ADNOC’s storage tanks, killed three people, including two Indian nationals. The mission @IndembAbuDhabi is in close contact with the relevant UAE authorities for further information.
— India in the UAE (@IndembAbuDhabi) January 17, 2022
The Iran-affiliated Houthi movement in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree told broadcaster Almasirah that they would soon provide details of their “military operation in the territory of the UAE”.
The Abu Dhabi incident comes just days after a UAE vessel was seized by the Houthis. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the seizure and demanded the immediate release of the ship and crew.
Yemen is embroiled in a conflict between government forces led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels. Since March 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led Arab alliance working with Hadi’s forces has been conducting air, land and sea operations against the Houthis.
There was apparently another incident, a fire at the new construction site of Abu Dhabi International Airport, but details are still trickling in, Sudhir said.
He added that the Indian consulate is “ready to deal with any situation” and repeatedly called on everyone to remain calm. “We will share details of the identities of the two Indians who were killed as soon as we have them,” he said.