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Coalition confirms Houthi missile attack on airport: S.Arabia

The Saudi-led military coalition said it would make a firm response to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a civilian airport in S. Arabia which wounded 26 people.
12.06.2019 - 14:24

The Saudi-led coalition confirmed Wednesday an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia.


Col. Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the coalition, was quoted in a statement released by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying: "A hostile projectile fell early on Wednesday at the arrival hall of the Abha airport, through which thousands of civilian passengers pass every day." Al-Maliki described the attack as a "terrorist act". He added at least 26 civilians, from various nationalities, were injured in the attack.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Houthi rebel group claimed responsibility on targeting the Abha airport by a cruise missile, saying that the missile "hit the target accurately."

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014 when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.