The Saudi-led Arab coalition confirmed Yemen’s Houthi group launched overnight a “terrorist” attack against Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport. At least 26 people who were in the arrival halls of the airport were injured at approximately 12.21am BST (2.21am local time), when the Houthis launched a projectile in the facility’s arrival area, the coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said.
The spokesman added the Houthis have claimed the attack, saying through their media they did fire a cruise missile.
This, he said, marked a “flagrant acknowledgement of responsibility for an attack against civilian targets in violation of International Humanitarian Law”, and confirmed the Houthis are being supplied with new sophisticated weapons coming from Iran.
The colonel also said this attack equalled a war crime, as it targetted civilians rather than military forces.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki vowed the coalition will take “immediate and severe measures to deter this terrorist militia in order to protect civilians and civilian facilities”.
He continued: “The responsible terrorists will be held accountable for plotting and carrying out this terrorist attack,” he added.
This aggression comes a day after Saudi Arabia said it intercepted two drones fired by the group, which controls a large part of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.
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