Washington warns UAE nationals against “drone attacks”

United Arab Emirates' car number-plates, including number one, are put on auction in a bid to break a new world record in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi on February 16, 2008. The event attracted millionaires from all over the Gulf. Last year, an Emirati man bought the most expensive single-digit car registration plate in the world, which he won after bidding 11 million dirhams (3 million US dollars) at a similar auction in Abu Dhabi. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US State Department has warned US nationals in the UAE against drone attacks in the context of “increased tensions in the region,” the Arabi21 website reported.

In a tweeting message, the US diplomatic mission in the UAE said that “US citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to keep themselves well informed of the situation.”

Washington’s warning to its nationals came one day after the Yemeni army’s drone attack and Ansarullah fighters attacked oil installations in Saudi Arabia.

In this respect, the US State Department claimed to have information about plans to attack US citizens in the region.

Following Yemeni attacks on Saudi oil facilities, a member of Ansarallah’s Political Council, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, told Al-Jazeera that the strikes had been made in order to expand the list of targets belonging to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to convince both countries to reverse their hostile policies in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of bringing the Hadi government back to power and cracking down on the Ansarullah movement.

In response to airstrikes by Riyadh’s coalition aircraft against Yemeni civilians and the country’s infrastructure, the army and Ansarullah have developed their ballistic capabilities over the last four years to create a deterrent force against the aggressors.

According to Yemeni Deputy Intelligence Minister Fahmi al-Youssefi: “The very people who had no weapon other than Kalashnikovs are now able to build drones that hit the heart of the countries of the world”.


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