Bennett offers UAE intel, security aid in drone attack condemnation

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered the defense establishment to provide the UAE with any assistance, "should you be interested."

 PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett is welcomed by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi last month. (photo credit: UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Reuters)
PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett is welcomed by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi last month.
(photo credit: UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Reuters)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday formally condemned the Abu Dhabi drone attack that killed three people and injured six on Monday.

In a letter sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bennett offered the UAE security and intelligence support in order to help protect its citizens from "similar attacks."

In addition, the prime minister said he ordered the defense establishment to provide the UAE with any assistance, "should you be interested."

"I strongly condemn the terror attack carried out by the Iranian-backed Houthis," Bennett stated on Twitter.

The prime minister reaffirmed Israel's support to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and added that he "stands with Mohammed bin Zayed."

 Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. (credit: REUTERS) Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. (credit: REUTERS)

President Isaac Herzog called Bin Zayed, also known as MBZ, on Tuesday to also condemn the attacks, according to Israeli media. Herzog reportedly gave his full backing to the UAE and supported its right to act in self-defense. 

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement claimed responsibility for Monday's attack that caused three fuel tankers in the Musaffah industrial area to explode. Nine drones, reportedly launched in the direction of Saudi Arabia, were intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition.

Later on Monday, the Saudi-led coalition responded to the attack on Abu Dhabi by targeting a number of sites belonging to the Houthis in Sana'a, Yemen.