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Lebanese officials condemn suspected drone attack on Abu Dhabi

Politicians on one side of the Lebanese political divide condemn the presumptive Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi

Lebanese officials condemn suspected drone attack on Abu Dhabi

A general view of Abu Dhabi, Dec. 15, 2019 (Credit: Reuters)

BEIRUT — Several Lebanese politicians on Monday condemned the explosion that killed three people at Abu Dhabi airport in a suspected drone attack.

Here’s what we know:

•  In a statement, Prime Minister Najib Mikati denounced the explosion as an “attack and an aggression" upon the Emirates, stressing that the "attack takes place in the context of a threat to the security and stability of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and as part of a plan to sow confusion and send bloody messages which never constitute the solution of any dispute".

•  In turn, Lebanon’s Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned “the attack on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," saying it stands in solidarity with the UAE and its people and its government “in the face of any aggression against its sovereignty, their security, and its stability.”

•  Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said that the "determination" of the Emirates cannot be "shaken" by a "hostile" party.

•  Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea blamed Iran for this explosion and accused Yemen’s Houthis of carrying out the attack.

•  "When the Houthi militias go so far in their aggression as to target the UAE, this confirms that the operational orders in the aggression go beyond those militias and their local leaders and that the source of sedition, chaos, and sabotage is a state that harbors evil toward Arab countries and their peoples," Hariri said in a tweet.

•  Earlier in the afternoon, Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea also attacked Tehran, tweeting, “I strongly condemn the Houthi targeting of the United Arab Emirates and the daily aggression against Saudi Arabia amidst the military escalation outside the border of Yemen that targets neighboring countries and which must be stopped immediately because it threatens regional stability."


BEIRUT — Several Lebanese politicians on Monday condemned the explosion that killed three people at Abu Dhabi airport in a suspected drone attack.Here’s what we know:•  In a statement, Prime Minister Najib Mikati denounced the explosion as an “attack and an aggression" upon the Emirates, stressing that the "attack takes place in the context of a threat to the security and stability...