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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
An underwater volcano erupted near the Polynesian nation of Tonga on Saturday, spewing ash and gas miles into the air and triggering massive tsunami waves throughout the region. The extent of the casualties and damage remain unclear at this point with many of the islands’ communications lines having been severed, but local officials confirmed yesterday at least two people had died.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for a drone attack on Monday that killed three people at an Abu Dhabi oil facility and caused a fire at the city’s international airport. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the Biden administration will work with the United Arab Emirates to “hold [the Houthis] accountable.”