Houthis attack Saudi airport leaves civilian plane on fire

Houthis attack on Saudi airport with four drones, spokeperson Yahya Sarea

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it carried out a drone strike on Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport on Wednesday. Whereas Saudi coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen caused a fire on a civilian plane.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sareya clearly said four Houthi drones used in the attack that hit Abha Airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday afternoon.

However Yemen’s Houthi movement regularly launches drones and missiles in Saudi Arabia, many of which have intercepted, according to Riyadh. Some have reached Abha International Airport, about 120 km from the border with Yemen.

“Attempting to attack Abha Airport is a war crime and endangers the lives of civilian passengers,” the coalition said in a statement, adding that the plane was on the ground at the time and the fire had been contained.

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Sarea also said Houthis attack Saudi airport were in response to coalition air strikes and other actions in Yemen.

Earlier Wednesday, the coalition intercepted and destroyed two armed drones fired by the Houthis against civilians in Saudi Arabia.

On Sunday and Monday, the coalition announced that it had intercepted Houthi drones fired at Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 and supported government forces in the fight against the Houthis. UN officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war that has caused the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

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