Saudi coalition: Houthis bombed Abha airport and injure 26 civilians

Saudi coalition Houthis bombed Abha airport and injure 26 civilians

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen confirmed that the Iranian-backed Houthi group had attacked Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, resulting in 26 civilian casualties, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Coalition spokesman, Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement quoted by the agency that eight of the injured were taken to the hospital, while 18 others received first aid by the terrorist attack on Abha airport.

Earlier today, Al-Houthi group said that it fired a missile at an airport in the Saudi mountain resort.

A Saudi military spokesman was quoted as saying that three women and two children were among those wounded in the terrorist bombing early on Abha airport on Wednesday.

Houthi source said that the airport was hit “accurately”.

Colonel al-Maliki said the attack took place at 23:21 GMT on Tuesday, according to SPA.
Three women, Yemeni, Indian, and Saudi, were injured, and two Saudi children were injured in the attack.
Al-Maliki said the attack on a civilian airport in Abha 200 kilometers north of the border with Yemen was a serious violation of international humanitarian law and could constitute a war crime.

He added that the coalition will take “urgent and appropriate measures to deter these terrorist militias, and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian targets”.

Al-Maliki said work was under way to determine the type of missile used to bomb the airport, but Al-Masirah TV quoted a Houthi source as saying that the bombing was by a cruise missile.

The Houthi source said that “The modern American systems were unable to deal with the missile.”
This is the second time, in which the Houthis fire a cruise missile; the first missile targeted a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, in December 2017.

Earlier this week, a military Houthi spokesman said that they will target every airport in Saudi Arabia and that the coming days will see the revelation of “major surprises.”

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition that has supported the Yemeni government in its war against the Houthis for four years.
The conflict, which witnessed a major escalation in March 2015, destroyed most of Yemen’s cities. The Houthis controlled much of western Yemen and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

After the emergence of the Houthi group, believed to be militarily backed by Iran, which represents a regional Shiite force, Saudi Arabia and eight other Arab countries have launched an air campaign. Riyadh says that it aims at restoring the legitimate government of Hadi Mansour in Yemen.