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Abha International Airport

Abha International Airport

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday “the injury of 26 civilians in a terrorist attack that targeted Abha International Airport,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

A hostile projectile fired by Houthi militia on Wednesday early morning hit the arrival hall in the Abha International Airport in southwestern Asir province, said Col. Turki Al Maliki, spokesperson of Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen, Xinhua reports.

A total of 26 civilian passengers of different nationalities were injured by the projectile, including three women from India, Yemen and Saudi as well as two Saudi children, al-Maliki added.

Eight of the moderately injured were transferred to hospital for treatment while 18 were treated at the site for minor injuries. There was also some physical damage to the airport lounge.

The military and security forces are working to determine the type of the projectile used in the attack, said al-Maliki, adding that the Iran-backed Houthi militia said that it used a cruise missile.

“The Houthis claimed through its media full responsibility for the attack, which constitutes a clear recognition for targeting civilians and civilian objects that are subject to special protection under international humanitarian law, thus could amount to a war crime of targeting civilians and civilian objects in a systematic manner,” according to al-Maliki.

Thousands of passengers of different nationalities pass through the Abha International Airport daily.

Houthi rebels threaten to attack more Saudi airports

Houthi Rebels (File Photo)

Houthi Rebels (File Photo)

Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Wednesday threatened to target more Saudi airports, just hours after a Houthi cruise missile hit Saudi Abha airport and injured at least 26 people.

“Targeting Saudi Abha airport came in response to the continuing crimes by the Saudi-led military coalition airstrikes (on Yemen) and its unjust all-out blockade (on Yemen),” the Houthi TV al-Masirah quoted its group’s military spokesman Yahya Sarea as saying.

“The Yemenis have the right to defend themselves ... There will be big surprises in the coming days,” Sarea added.

Earlier in the day, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television cited a coalition statement as saying that a missile fired from Yemen hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport, injuring at least 26 people, including three women and two children.

The coalition accused Houthis of using Iranian-made weapon, which the Houthis denied and said it was a long-range cruise missile.

Abha is about 200 km north of Yemen’s border.

Wednesday’s missile attack came in less than a month after the Houthi drone attacks that damaged two Saudi Aramco’s oil pump stations and caused fire, according to Al Arabiya television.

Houthis said in their statement that the missile attack forced the air navigation at Abha airport to stop.

Meanwhile, Houthi political spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam tweeted that their attacks on Saudi airports “will continue until the Saudi-led military coalition ends the war, lift the air blockade on Sanaa International Airport.”

Saudi Arabia has witnessed more drone and missile attacks attempted by the Houthis, Yemen’s Iran-allied rebels, in recent weeks. They mainly targeted Saudi airports near border cities.

The kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have led the coalition against Houthis since March 2015 in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Houthis tribal fighters seized much of Yemen’s north, including the capital Sanaa in late 2014, driving out Hadi and his government into exile in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.

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