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UN Security Council condemns ‘heinous terror attacks’ in Abu Dhabi

The members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday, January 21, 2022, condemned the heinous terrorist attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in Abu Dhabi, UAE on January 17.

Three persons including two Indian nationals and one Pakistani national have lost their lives in the attack.

In a statement released on Friday, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the Houthi attack and to the Government of India and Pakistan. The Member States further wished a speedy and complete recovery to those injured in the attack.

Stressing the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels supposedly backed by Iran, carried out a deadly strike in UAE by setting off explosions in fuel trucks that killed three people and caused a fire near the airport of Abu Dhabi.

The group (Houthis) used cruise missiles and ballistic missiles alongside drones in Monday’s deadly attack, the UAE Ambassador to US Yousef Al Otaiba said.

On the other hand, according to reports, in a dramatic escalation of violence following the UAE attack, an airstrike on Yemen’s prison led by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 70 people.

EAM Dr. S Jaishankar expresses solidarity with the UAE:

Earlier during the telephonic conversation with the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan conveyed his deepest condolences to the Government on the death of two Indians. The UAE Foreign Minister further said that the UAE Government would extend all possible assistance to the families of the deceased.

On the other hand, condemning the attack in the strongest term, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar ‘emphasized that in this day and age, such an attack on innocent civilians was completely unacceptable and against all civilized norms’.

Expressing solidarity with the UAE in the face of such an attack, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar said, “India will stand with UAE in an international forum on this issue’.

MEA calls for early release of seven Indians onboard ship Rwabee

The dastardly attack came in line after seizing the UAE flagged ship Rwabee by the Houthis off the port of Hodeidah (Yemen) with 11 crew members (including seven Indians) onboard on January 2, 2022.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that the government is making all possible efforts to secure an early release of seven Indian crew members on board the UAE flagged ship.

“Government of India is making all efforts to secure their early release. We urge the Houthis to ensure the safety and well-being of the crew members and release them immediately,” MEA stated.

Talk, even if they are not ready to put down their arms: UN Special Envoy to Yemen

Earlier addressing the Security Council, over seven years of war in Yemen, UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg highlighted to the Council that no long-term solution can be found on the battlefield. He further urged the parties concerned to ‘talk, even if they are not ready to put down their arms’.

“Genuine political will, responsible leadership and adherence to the interest of the entire population is needed,” Grundberg said.

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