Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday appear to show the aftermath of a fatal attack on an oil facility in the capital of the United Arab Emirates carried out by Yemen’s revolutionaries.
The images by Planet Labs PBC analyzed by the AP show smoke rising over an Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fuel depot in the Al-Musaffah neighborhood of Abu Dhabi after the attack.
Another image taken shortly after appears to show scorch marks and white fire-suppressing foam deployed on the grounds of the depot.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., known by the acronym ADNOC, is the state-owned energy firm that provides much of the wealth of the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula also home to Dubai.
ADNOC did not respond to questions from the AP asking about the site and damage estimates from the attack. The company had said the attack happened around 10 a.m. Monday.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to determine the exact cause and a detailed investigation has commenced,” ADNOC said in an earlier statement.
Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree announced that that five ballistic and winged missiles as well as a large number of drones hit the two airports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Al-Musaffah oil refinery in Abu Dhabi, and a number of important sites in UAE. Saree dubbed the operation as “Yemen’s Tornado,” stressing that it comes following several warnings by Yemeni revolutionaries to the UAE to stop its aggression against the Arab impoverished country taking place since March 2015.
Abu Dhabi police said three people were killed as three tankers at Al-Musaffah exploded. Six others were also wounded at the facility, which is near Al-Dhafra Air Base, a massive Emirati installation also home to American and French forces.
Another fire also struck Abu Dhabi International Airport, though damage in that attack was not documented by media outlets. Emirati police described the assault as a “suspected drone attack.”
Source: Agencies (edited by Al-Manar English Website)