26 hurt in attack on Saudi airport by Houthi rebels, says coalition

Amman - Twenty-six people were injured Wednesday when Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted Abha airport in the south-western part of Saudi Arabia with a missile, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led alliance.

The alliance has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen since 2015.

"An enemy projectile" fell on the airport in the early hours of Wednesday. Eight of those injured were transferred to a hospital, while the rest were treated on site, added the spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki.

The attack also caused material damage at the airport, al-Malki said.

The Houthis announced earlier that they had targeted Abha airport with a cruise missile.
Al-Malki said that this was an admission by the Houthis that they were targeting civilians, "which may amount to a war crime."
The Houthis have stepped up attacks with drones and missiles on Saudi cities in recent months.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia, which backs Yemen's internationally recognized government, has been fighting the Houthis, who control the capital, Sana'a, and other parts of the country.
The Saudis fear that the Houthis will give their regional rival Iran a strategic foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.
Thousands of civilians have died in the conflict.

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

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