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Abu Dhabi attack threatens regional stability: France

2022-01-18 HKT 04:12
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  • A suspected drone attack by Yemen's Huthi rebels in Abu Dhabi killed three people and sparked a separate fire at Abu Dhabi's international airport. File photo: AP
    A suspected drone attack by Yemen's Huthi rebels in Abu Dhabi killed three people and sparked a separate fire at Abu Dhabi's international airport. File photo: AP
France on Monday condemned "in the strongest terms" a deadly drone attack in Abu Dhabi claimed by Yemen's Huthi rebels.

"These attacks threaten the security of the United Arab Emirates and regional stability," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

"France expresses its support for the UAE in the face of these attacks," he said.

Le Drian reiterated his call for the Huthis to "immediately cease their destabilising actions in Yemen and in the region and to engage constructively in a political process for exiting the crisis".

"France reaffirms its mobilisation in favour of a cessation of hostilities in the whole country and a relaunch of talks with a view to a global political agreement under the aegis of the United Nations," the minister said.

The UAE vowed reprisals after the drone attack which triggered a fuel tank blast that left three people dead.

The United Arab Emirates is part of a Riyadh-led military coalition that supports Yemen's government against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who have repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia with cross border strikes.

The conflict in Yemen, which has left 377,000 people dead, has intensified in recent weeks. Millions of people have fled their homes, with many on the brink of famine, in what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. (AFP)