Houthis attack Abha airport, cause fires in civilian planes, Saudi-led coalition says

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Civilian plane burned down at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Houthi movement regularly launches drones and missiles into Saudi Arabia, many say they have intercepted Saudi Arabia

Some attacks have already hit Abha International Airport, located about 120 km (75 miles) from the Yemeni border.  Credit: Reuters File Photo.

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said the Iran-aligned Houthi group launched an attack on Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia that sparked a fire in a civilian aircraft, state media reported on Wednesday.

Yemen’s Houthi movement regularly launches drones and missiles into Saudi Arabia, which many say intercept. Some have already hit Abha International Airport, located about 120 km (75 miles) from the Yemeni border.

“The attempt to target Abha Airport is a war crime and puts the lives of civilian travelers at risk,” the coalition statement said, adding that the plane was on the ground at the time and that the fire had been brought under control.

There was no immediate comment on the incident in Houthi media.

Earlier Wednesday, the coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by the Houthis at civilians in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition also said on Sunday and Monday that it intercepted Houthi drones fired at Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, supporting government forces fighting the Houthis. UN officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war that the UN says has created the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

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