US Pledges to Hold Houthi Rebels Accountable for UAE Attack

The United States pledged to hold Yemen’s Houthi rebels accountable for Monday’s drone strike on Abu Dhabi that left three people dead.

“The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this attack, and we will work with the UAE and international partners to hold them accountable,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a White House statement on Monday.

The State Department released a similar censure after the attacks. “We express our condolences to the families of these victims and to the people of the UAE,” said spokesman Ned Price.

In a second statement, Price said that State Secretary Antony Blinken had spoken with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan regarding the incident later on Monday.

“The Secretary expressed his solidarity with the Emirati people and voiced his condolences for the loss of life,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, after the attack, the UAE has asked the U.S. to restore the terrorist label of Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi militia, Bloomberg reported, citing people close to the matter.

The Houthis attacked the UAE on Monday amid an intensifying Yemeni conflict that has left 377,000 people dead and was named by the UN as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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