Rebels carry out missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, injuring 26 people ‘of different nationalities’
- Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked the airport in Abha, a Saudi mountain resort city
- Reports said that eight people had been taken to hospital after the rocket attack
- A Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Houthi rebels in a vicious civil war in Yemen
Twenty-six people have been injured after Yemeni rebels attacked an airport in Saudi Arabia.
Houthi rebels attacked the airport in Abha, a Saudi mountain resort city, with a rocket which fell on the arrivals hall, according to officials.
The Saudi-led coalition which is fighting the Houthis in Yemen said that the injured victims were of ‘different nationalities’.
The scene at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Wednesday as emergency services respond to a rocket attack claimed by Houthi rebels
Eight of those wounded at Abha airport were admitted to hospital, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said in a statement.
The other 18 were discharged after receiving first aid.
The Saudi coalition statement called it a ‘terrorist attack’ and said that the rebels had used a ‘cruise missile’ and targeted civilians.
Accusing Iran of arming the rebels, they said the attack ‘proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new special weapons’.
The attack ‘could amount to a war crime of targeting civilians and civilian objects in a systematic manner’, the Saudis suggested.
The rebels acknowledged earlier that they had launched a missile at the airport in the Saudi city.
It comes just weeks after the Houthi forces claimed responsibility for sabotaging Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf of Yemen.
They said the assault on Saudi Arabia was meant to send a message to the kingdom to ‘stop your aggression’ on Yemen.
The incidents sparked fears of a Gulf war breaking out ‘by accident’ with the U.S. and Iranian militaries on high alert amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The U.S. deployed B-52 bombers and an assault ship to bolster an aircraft carrier in the region.
Twenty-six people have been injured after Yemeni rebels attacked Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia (stock photo)
Yemen’s civil war has been raging since March 2015, with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in the Middle East state.
According to the United Nations, 22 of the country’s 29million people are in need of aid.
An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition that killed dozens of people in Yemen last August was branded an apparent war crime by Human Rights Watch.
Yemen has also witnessed two outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhea since 2016.
Earlier this year President Donald Trump vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance for the Saudis in Yemen.
Mr Trump has been under pressure over relations with Saudi Arabia since the kingdom was accused of murdering dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.