By John Smith •
Published: 31 Aug 2020 • 13:30
AN Israeli news site reports that an explosion has taken place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) near to the International Airport which is due to see the arrival of delegations from Israel and the United States.
The fact that the UAE Government has recognised the State of Israel and is establishing diplomatic relationships has not been welcomed by other Arab states and has been called ‘an act of betrayal’ by the Palestine leadership.
The Abu Dhabi explosion destroyed two restaurants which are located on Rashid bin Saeed Street, known as “airport road” according to the Israeli report and other businesses have been damaged with a reported two people killed.
The Abu Dhabi police say that this explosion was caused by a faulty gas connection and at this stage there appears to be no terrorist connection.
A second explosion was reported in Dubai (also part of the UAE), when a gas cylinder exploded resulting in one death and the destruction of a restaurant but this seems to be a coincidental accident.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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