Jan 17, 2022 14:27 UTC

A senior official from Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should brace for more stinging retaliatory strikes from Yemeni Armed Forces and their allies if Abu Dhabi does not end its involvement in the atrocious military aggression against the conflict-stricken Arab country.

“The UAE should expect more painful attacks if it does not stop attacking Yemen,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah's political bureau, told Qatari Al Jazeera television news network on Monday.

His remarks came shortly after Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, carried out retaliatory airstrikes against strategic facilities deep inside the UAE, apparently using domestically-manufactured combat drones.

Abu Dhabi police, in a statement published on the official Emirates news agency WAM, said three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area, near storage facilities of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and that a fire had also broken out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded in the suspected drone attack,  according to Emirati authorities.

Police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded, whom it said suffered minor or moderate wounds.

Meanwhile, Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Yemeni troops had launched a military operation “deep inside the UAE.”

He added that more details about the qualitative military operation would be announced in the coming hours.

Additionally, the Spokesman for Ansarullah Movement, Mohammed Abdulsalam, warned Abu Dhabi against severe repercussions should it maintain its acts of sabotage in Yemen.

“A tiny state in the region, which goes to great lengths to serve the United States and Israel, has claimed that it had kept a fair distance from Yemen. The allegations, however, have proven  otherwise,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

Abdulsalam added, “Abu Dhabi is recommended to give up its futile actions in Yemen; otherwise its hands and those of its mercenaries will be cut off from the country.”