Arab Coalition: 1dead and 21wounded in Houthi attacks on Abha airport

Riyadh (Debriefer(
2019-06-24 | Since 4 Week

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The leadership of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen said That one person was killed and 21 wounded in attacks carried out by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) on Sunday evening by unmanned drones on Abha airport south of the Kingdom.

The Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah) announced on Sunday evening that it has carried out large-scale operations by Qasif 2K drones targeting the airports of Abha and Jizan.

The spokesman for the coalition forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency "SPA" "The terrorist attack resulted in the martyrdom of a resident of Syrian nationality and the injury of 21 civilians of different nationalities, including 13 Saudis and 4 Indians, two Egyptians and two Bangladeshi nationals.

He pointed out that among the injured were three women (Egyptian and Saudi) as well as two children of Indian nationality.

Al-Maliki said that all the cases were transferred to the hospital for treatment of injuries, three of them left the hospital, and still 18 cases receive treatment, including 13 cases of minor injuries, and three cases of moderate and two critical cases.

Al-Maliki said that one of the restaurants at the airport was damaged as its glass was shattered and 18 vehicles were damaged in addition to some minor physical damage.

The Saudi Al Ekhbariya news channel, on its Twitter page, posted videos showing the effects of the attack.

Later, Abha International Airport announced in a tweet on its Twitter account that the air traffic resumed at the airport after being suspended for about an hour in a precautionary measure and said air navigation was proceeding normally.

The military spokesman of the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a statement published by the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV  that the Qasif 2K drone targeted military sites at Abha International Airport and hit their targets with high accuracy.

He added that another operation targeting planes stations  and important and sensitive military targets at the Jizan airport.

Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya TV said a suspected attack with droen hit a car park at Abha airport 200 km north of the border with Yemen, which serves local and regional lines.

As the Coalition did not confirm the attack on Jizan airport.

The Arab and Islamic countries condemned the targeting of the Houthis airport Abha International confirmed its stand with the Kingdom against all threats to its security and stability.

Earlier this month, the Houthis group fired a cruise missile at the Abha Airport wounding 26 people, the Saudi-led coalition said.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ordering Houthis to launch attacks on its territory and on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran has repeatedly denied any military support for the Houthis, asserting that its support is only political.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict by the government backed by the coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organisations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.


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