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Newsline: U.S. Embassy warns citizens to stay alert in UAE

The U.S. issued another warning to its citizens to remain vigilant following a series of attacks on the Gulf country. The United Arab Emirates said a gas cylinder explosion rocked the capital overnight. Civil defense teams in Abu Dhabi evacuated a building and there were no casualties, the UAE’s official news agency WAM reported, warning the public not to spread rumors. In a message issued to American citizens residing in the UAE on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy didn’t confirm what had caused the latest explosion but reiterated the advice it’s issued following previous attacks. “There are reports of a possible missile or drone strike having occurred over Abu Dhabi,” the message said. “The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to immediately follow the safety actions listed below and stay alert in case of additional future attacks.” (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uae-blames-blast-gas-explosion-045919551.html) Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi group has claimed three missile and drone attacks on the oil exporter and Middle East business hub in recent weeks. A similar attack on the UAE this month was claimed by a separate group, which is believed by analysts to be tied to Iraq-based pro-Iranian militia. UAE authorities confirmed those earlier attacks.

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