Saudi-led Arab Coalition Reveals Nationalities of Abha Airport Causalities

An Archive photo of the previous terrorist attack on Abha airport, credit to SPA

The Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition for Support to Legitimacy in Yemen announced on Monday that the attack on Abha International Airport by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia killed one person and wounded 21 others.

The spokesman of the Arab Coalition, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said that the terrorist attack led to the death of a resident of Syrian nationality, and the injury of (21) civilians and of different nationalities.

Col. Al-Maliki said that the wounded were 13 Saudi nationals, 4 Indian nationals, 2 Egyptian nationals, and 2 Bangladeshi nationals.

Among the injured were three women (one Egyptian and two Saudis) and two children of Indian nationality. All the causalities were transferred to the hospital for treatment of injuries; of them (3) left the hospital while (18) continue to receive treatment including (13) cases of minor injuries, (3) moderate cases and (2) critical cases.

“The Houthi terrorist militias continue their immoral practices by targeting civilians and civilian installations protected under international humanitarian law and its customary rules, which amount to war crimes, according to the provisions of international humanitarian law,” col. Al-Maliki added.

He explained that the recognition of the Iranian-backed militias through their media of their full responsibility for this terrorist act by using an unmanned aircraft (drone) of the type (Ababeel/Qasef) is a clear and full recognition of targeting the civilian and civilian installations of special protection under the international humanitarian law, which could amount to a war crime by systematically targeting civilians and civilian installations.

Col. Al-Maliki said that the continuation of such terrorist acts with high-quality capabilities proves the Iranian regime’s involvement in supporting the Houthi terrorist militias and the continued violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolutions nos. 2216 and 2231.

Col. Al-Maliki stressed that the leadership of the joint forces of the coalition, in front of these acts of terrorism and immoral violations of the Houthi militias, continues to implement the strict measures to deter these terrorist militias, and to ensure the protection of civilian installations and civilians, and terrorist elements responsible for the planning and implementation of this terrorist attack will be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.