UN Security Council condemns terrorist attacks on UAE by Houthis

Three people were killed and eight others were injured in the attack.


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Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 7:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 8:31 PM

The UN Security Council unanimously condemned the deadly attacks on Abu Dhabi by Yemen's Houthi rebels as "heinous terrorist attacks" and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

But, in a statement before a meeting Friday, the council's Norwegian presidency also strongly condemned the newest strikes in Yemen that have left scores dead.

"We are very concerned... It's not acceptable," Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador to the UN, said of the strikes, one of which hit a prison leaving more than 200 people killed or wounded.

Juul called for "de-escalation and restraint" in the conflict.

Police said "small flying objects" were found at both sites, pointing to a deliberate attack using drones -- a hallmark of the Houthis.

Six civilians were injured in the attacks.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, 17 January, as well as in other sites in Saudi Arabia," the council said in a statement drafted by the United Arab Emirates.


The declaration on the Houthis came after an apparent drone attack by the Iran-backed rebels near oil storage facilities in Abu Dhabi left two Indians and a Pakistani dead.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice."

The statement said the attacks were claimed by the Houthis, and took a strong stance by labelling them as "terrorist."

It was released ahead of a special closed session of the Security Council requested by the UAE, a non-permanent member of the council since January 1.

Juul's comments ahead of the meeting referred to two attacks in Yemen Friday, one on a telecommunications facility in the port town of Hodeida, according to the Save the Children group.

Separately, a prison in Saada, the home city of the Houthi rebel movement, was struck, killing at least 70, according to Doctors without Borders.

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