26 hurt in Houthi attack on Abha airport: Coalition

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

Yemen's Houthi movement carried out an attack on Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia with a cruise missile, the group's Almasirah TV reported early on Wednesday.

Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki said a projectile, the type of which is still to be determined, fell on the airport's arrival hall, which is used by thousands of civilians on a daily basis. He stated that the injured are of different nationalities, among them three women who are Yemeni, Saudi and Indian, and two Saudi children.

The other 18 were discharged after receiving first aid.

"Targeting Abha airport proves that the Houthis have obtained advanced weapons from Iran", the coalition statement said, saying the attack could amount to a war crime.

A rebel source had earlier claimed that the facility was hit "with precision".

It comes just weeks after the Houthi forces claimed responsibility for sabotaging Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf of Yemen.

They said the assault on Saudi Arabia was meant to send a message to the kingdom to "stop your aggression" on Yemen.

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The U.S. deployed B-52 bombers and an assault ship to bolster an aircraft carrier in the region.

Official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that Saudi air defence forces on Monday intercepted two drones that targeted Khamis Mushait in the kingdom's south and caused no damage or casualties.

The UN says at least 7,000 civilians have been killed and 11,000 injured in the fighting, with 65% of the deaths attributed to air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen has also witnessed two outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhea since 2016. Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering the attack, a charge that Tehran denies.

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