Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi: Israel offers UAE security, intelligence support

In a letter, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemns the “terrorist drone attack”



Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi during the former's visit to the UAE. — Wam file
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi during the former's visit to the UAE. — Wam file

By Reuters

Published: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 7:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 7:51 PM

Israel has offered security and intelligence support to the UAE against further drone attacks after a deadly strike by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group, according to a letter released on Tuesday by Israel’s leader.

Three people were killed and six wounded on Monday when three tanker trucks exploded in Abu Dhabi. A Houthi military spokesman said the group fired “a large number” of drones and five ballistic missiles in the attack.

On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned what he described as a “terrorist drone attack”.

His spokesman attached a copy of a condolence letter he sent on Monday to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

“We stand ready to offer you security and intelligence support in order to help you protect your citizens from similar attacks,” Bennett wrote. “I have ordered the Israeli security establishment to provide their counterparts in the UAE with any assistance, should you be interested.”

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The UAE, along with Bahrain, signed US-brokered normalisation agreements with Israel at the White House in 2020.

“Israel is committed to working closely with you in the ongoing battle against extremist forces in the region, and we will continue to partner with you to defeat our common enemies,” Bennett said in his message to Sheikh Mohamed.

Bennett and Sheikh Mohamed held talks in Abu Dhabi in December last year, the first ever public meeting between the two leaders.


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