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NEW DELHI: Mourners in the northern Indian state of Punjab attended the funeral on Saturday of two compatriots killed in a recent attack by Houthi rebels on the United Arab Emirates.

Two Indians and a Pakistani were killed on Monday when drone and missile strikes hit fuel trucks near Abu Dhabi airport, causing multiple explosions. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The remains of Hardeep Singh, 22, and Hardev Singh, 34, were repatriated to India on Friday.

Hardeep, who came from Baba Bakala village in Amritsar district, is survived by his wife and mother.

“We are still unable to understand the tragedy that took place in the family,” his cousin Rajbir Singh told Arab News. “The woman returned from Canada yesterday after learning of the incident. She is a student there and Hardeep intended to move to Canada.

Hardeep worked in the United Arab Emirates as a truck driver. He got married last year and was the sole breadwinner in his family. The other victim, Hardev, came from Bagha Purana village in Moga district. He spent 18 years in the United Arab Emirates, working on construction sites in the oil and gas industry.

Hardev’s brother Sukhdev, who also works in the United Arab Emirates, said he couldn’t believe his brother left until he saw the body.

“It’s hard to foresee an existence without him,” Sukhdev told Arab News. “He was a great support to me and thanks to Hardev I was able to go to the UAE. He was the main support and support for the elderly parents.

Sukhdev thanked the UAE government for the support it has given the family so far. Indian authorities have condemned the Houthi attack on the United Arab Emirates.

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed “strong solidarity with the United Arab Emirates in the face of such unacceptable acts” during a call with his Emirati counterpart.

TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that “such an attack on innocent civilians and civilian infrastructure is completely unacceptable.”

He said: “This is a flagrant violation of international law. It is also against all civilized norms. It is important that the council remains united to send a clear signal against such heinous acts of terror. »

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