UAE calls for UN Security Council meeting on Houthi terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi

Letter submitted to the world body condemns rebels' targeting of civilians

Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, has submitted a letter to Norway, the UN Security Council President for January, requesting a meeting regarding the attacks in Abu Dhabi on January 17

The UAE on Tuesday called for a UN Security Council meeting on Houthi terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi.

State news agency Wam reported the letter had been submitted to Norway, which holds the UN Security Council presidency for January, requesting a meeting regarding the attacks in the UAE capital on January 17.

The letter condemns the Houthis’ targetting of civilians and civilian centres in flagrant contravention of international law. It calls on the council to condemn the Houthi attacks unequivocally, with one voice.

"The UAE strongly condemns the Houthis’ targeting of civilians and civilian objects in flagrant violation of international law,” said Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN.

“The UAE expresses its condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. This illegal and alarming escalation is a further step in the Houthis’ efforts to spread terrorism and chaos in our region. It is another attempt by the Houthis, using the capabilities they have unlawfully acquired in defiance of UN sanctions, to threaten peace and security.

“The UAE calls on the Security Council to speak with one voice and join in firmly and unequivocally condemning these terrorist attacks, which were launched in complete disregard of international law.”

The Houthi militias attacked the Mussaffah ICAD area and a construction area at Abu Dhabi Airport, both of which are civilian infrastructure.

The attacks, which led to the explosion of three petroleum tankers, killed two Indians and one Pakistani and injured six other people.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Abdulla Shahid, president of the UN General Assembly, tweeted a message in support of the UAE in which he condemned the "dastardly attack".

Updated: January 19, 2022, 9:03 AM