Arab coalition: 26 injured in Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

Yemeni TV channel Al-Masirah TV reported earlier on Wednesday that Houthi rebels carried out an attack on Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia with a cruise missile.

The Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition have been fighting the Yemeni Civil War since 2015, when the armed group rebelled against the Government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and seized Sana'a, Yemen's capital.

At least 26 people who were in the arrival halls of the airport were injured at approximately 12.21am BST (2.21am local time), when the Houthis launched a projectile in the facility's arrival area, the coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said in a statement carried on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV.

"It also proves that these terrorist militias have received new weapons, and that the Iranian regime continues its support and practice of cross-border terrorism and the continuing violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231". Eight people have been admitted to hospital and 18 treated for minor injuries.

Three women and two children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.

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The rebels have stepped up drone and missile attacks on the kingdom amid increasing tensions between Iran and the United States.

He stated that the attack is a war crime, and "proves that the Houthis have obtained advanced weapons from Iran".

The attack came after Saudi Arabia's air defence forces had intercepted two drones launched by insurgents from the Ansar Allah movement, part of the Houthis, on its military air base on the country's southern border.

Mr Trump has been under pressure over relations with Saudi Arabia since the kingdom was accused of murdering dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi past year.

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