Saudi Arabia says it intersepted new Houthi attacks on Abha International Airport

Riyadh - Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-06-14 | Since 1 Week

 The impact of destruction at Abha airport because of missile attack of the Houthis

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Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it intercepted five drones launched by the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) towards the international airport Abha and Khamis Mushait province in the south west of the Kingdom and that is the second attack from Yemen.

The Houthis confirmed the suspension of traffic at the airport.

Arab coalition forces spokesman for the, Colonel Turki al-Maliki:  "Saudi Royal Air Force and the Saudi Royal Air Force managed to intercept and downed five drones launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia at Abha International Airport and Khamis Mushait province on Friday morning."

The Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced early Friday at dawn that its air force carried out offensive operations by drones on Abha airport in the south-west of the Kingdom.

Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that Qasif 2K drones attack on Abha Airport took it out of service and led to suspension of flights.

The spokesman for the coalition forces confirmed in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency that air traffic at Abha International Airport operates normally and there is no delay in flights and passenger traffic.

Coalition forces threatened to take "urgent and immediate measures" to deter the Houthis and "hold terrorist elements responsible for planning and carrying out the terrorist attack" at Abha airport.

The son of the Saudi monarch, deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman confirmed that his country will respond to the crimes of the Houthis group "with firmness does not bend and the severity does not break," and tweeted on Wednesday evening:"Determined deterrents will be taken to address these terrorist militias."

Houthis sporadically fire ballistic missiles and send attack droneson Saudi territory "in retaliation to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure," while Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of providing Houthis with such missiles.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.


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