Light Aircraft, Such as Gliders, Are Also Subject to the Restriction.
The United Arab Emirates has banned the use of recreational drones and light sports aircraft. The ban comes into force on Sunday following recent attacks at an oil facility and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Houthi rebels used drones to set three transport tankers on fire, killed three men, and injured six more people. The US is now working with the UAE on a reponse to the attack, with the US National Security Advisor stating, “We stand beside our Emirati partners against all threats to their territory”.
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided over the weekend to ban the use of recreational drones and light sports aircraft following recent attacks at an oil facility and airport.
- The ban came into force on Sunday.
- The misuse, according to APNews, involved Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting an oil facility in Abu Dhabi using explosives attached to drones.
- The US is now working with the UAE on a reponse to the attack, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stating, “we stand beside our Emirati partners against all threats to their territory.”
- Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the attacks carried out at the two locations were, “prohibited by international law,” but is keen for the situation not to escalate.
Recreational Drones Banned In United Arab Emirates
Following recent attacks on an oil plant and an airport, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided over the weekend to prohibit the use of recreational drones and light-sport aircraft.
The UAE Ministry of Interior confirmed the ban on Saturday, citing “recent misuse, such as not confining the practice of these sports to the regions stated in the user permits and trespassing into places where these types of activities are prohibited,” according to The Verge.
The ban went into effect on Sunday.
According to APNews, Yemen’s Houthi rebels used drones equipped with explosives to target an oil complex in Abu Dhabi.
Three transport tankers were set on fire, three individuals were killed, and six more were injured in the incident.
A second drone strike took place at Abu Dhabi International Airport, causing a fire but “no substantial damage.”
“We stand behind our Emirati friends against all threats to their territory,” said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, as the US works with the UAE on a response to the incident.
In the meantime, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the attacks at the two facilities were “prohibited by international law,” but he hopes the situation does not worsen.
By prohibiting the use of drones, the UAE Ministry of Interior should be able to respond more promptly to future attacks, as any drones observed in the air are now unlawful.
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