United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai were struck by two separate explosions on Monday, leaving three dead and several injured.
According to the Abu Dhabi government media office, two people were killed in the blast in the capital, which the National daily reported had hit the KFC and Hardees restaurants on the city’s Rashid bin Saeed Street.
The police said the Abu Dhabi incident also caused several minor and moderate injuries, and residents of the building and surrounding areas were evacuated.
The Abu Dhabi government media office said the blast was caused by a “misalignment in the gas container fittings following refuelling”.
Rashid bin Saeed Street is also known as the main road to the airport, where top aides to U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were to land later on Monday, on a historic trip between Israel and another Arab country.
Meanwhile, in Dubai, one person was killed when a gas cylinder exploded in KFC restaurant early on Monday, local media reported.
The photos and videos being circulated on social media showed extensive damage to the two restaurants: