"Small flying objects, possibly drones, were detected that fell in two areas and would have caused the explosion and fire," the police said.
At least three people died and six others were injured this Monday by an explosion caused by a fire in the industrial zone of Abu Dhabi, while the Emirate Police investigates whether it is an attack carried out with drones.
"The event caused the death of a Pakistani citizen and two Indian citizens, and another 6 suffered minor and moderate injuries," according to the official Emirati news agency WAM, which noted that the Police have managed to control the fire "that broke out this morning in the Mussafah area, near the depots of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which caused the explosion of three fuel tanks".
The police indicated several "drones" as the probable cause of the fire, the official WAM agency said, citing the police of the Emirates capital, according to which a "minor fire" also occurred near the Abu Dhabi airport.
"Preliminary investigations indicate that small flying objects, possibly drones, were detected falling in two areas and may have caused the explosion and fire," Abu Dhabi police said in a statement.
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For their part, Yemen's Houthi rebels announced a "major military operation in the United Arab Emirates." "The armed forces have indicated that they will announce major military operations in the UAE in the next few hours," military spokesman Yahya Saree tweeted.
One Pakistani and two Indians have been killed in explosions in three oil tankers in the port area of Abu Dhabi, according to police in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the Emirati news agency WAM, Abu Dhabi police said that in addition to the three deaths, six people were also injured in the fire that broke out after the blast. The bombings are said to be the result of drone strikes, while Yemen's Houthi rebels have said they will soon release details of a "military operation" in the UAE.
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According to the news agency Reuters, the police said that on Monday, three oil tankers exploded in the area of Musafah Iked 3 near Abu Dhabi port which caused a fire. A statement from Abu Dhabi's police said, "Preliminary investigations indicate that three objects, such as drones, apparently fell in two different areas and may have caused an explosion and a fire." Authorities say the incident is under investigation and details will be released in the investigation report.
The fire broke out near the oil reserves of the state oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). In addition to the Abu Dhabi port, fires have also been reported from the airport area.
According to BBC Monitoring, following reports of oil tankers exploding in Abu Dhabi, Houthi rebels have announced that they will soon release details of the attacks aimed at targeting the UAE.
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Houthi rebel military spokesman Yahya Sarai said in a tweet that "the (rebel) armed forces have said they will provide details of major military operations in the UAE in the next few hours." The Houthi rebels have also said that these operations will be key in the last seven years of war. The United Arab Emirates is thought to be part of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
On January 10, Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates announced the capture of the oil-rich province of Shibwa from the Houthis.
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