Houthi Attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport Injures 26

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says 26 people have been wounded in a missile attack as Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted an airport in the kingdom's southwestern town of Abha.

Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki said a projectile, the type of which is still to be determined, fell on the airport's arrival hall, which is used by thousands of civilians on a daily basis.

It follows earlier reports on Houthi television that rebels had successfully targeted the airport with a cruise missile.

To discuss the latest updates we speak with Mahjoob Zweiri, director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University, our Yemen correspondent Mohammed Al Attab from Sanaa and, finally, journalist Hussain Al Bukhaiti who joins us from Sanaa.

Al Malki added that eight of the wounded were admitted to hospital while a further 18 were released after being treated for minor injuries.

He says three women and two children are among the 26 hurt in the attack.

Al-Malki said that the militias claiming full responsibility for this terrorist act constitutes "a clear and full recognition of the responsibility of targeting civilian and civilian objects that are subject to special protection under worldwide humanitarian law". The airport lies around 125 miles north of the Saudi border with Yemen.

The colonel also said this attack could amount to a war crime, as it targetted civilians rather than military forces, and pledged the coalition will carry out a "firm" response.

The attack came after Saudi Arabia's air defence forces had intercepted two drones launched by insurgents from the Ansar Allah movement, part of the Houthis, on its military air base on the country's southern border.

The Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition have been fighting the Yemeni Civil War since 2015, when the armed group rebelled against the Government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and seized Sana'a, Yemen's capital.

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