The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the UAE have condemned the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s “terrorist” attack against al-Dhabba oil terminal in Yemen’s Hadramawt governorate.
On Friday, the internationally recognized government of Yemen said that its forces intercepted armed drones launched against al-Dhabba oil terminal, located in the town of al-Shihr in Hadramawt, as an oil tanker was preparing to dock.
“The UAE stressed [sic] that this attack is a dangerous escalation and blatant defiance to the international community, and efforts made to end the Yemeni crisis,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) said in a statement.
Secretary General of the GCC, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf, told Yemen Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak on Saturday, that the attack is a flagrant violation of international laws and a threat to global energy supplies, Al Arabiya reported.
Saudi Arabia earlier on Saturday also condemned the attacks.
“The attack is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and of international laws and norms,” the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The incident is the first major escalation since the Houthis and the Yemeni government failed to renew a UN-brokered truce that expired earlier in October.