At least 26 civilians were injured on Wednesday in a missile attack by Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-western Saudi Arabia, said a Coalition military spokesman. Three women and two children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday, the spokesman added.
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A rebel source had earlier claimed that the facility was hit “with precision”. Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Arab states backing Yemen’s government in its four-year war with the Houthis.
Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015, when the rebels seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad. Coalition military spokesman Col Turki al-Maliki said the missile fired by the Houthis hit the arrival hall at Abha International Airport at 02:21 on Wednesday, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Three women – one Yemeni, one Indian and one Saudi – and two Saudi children are among those hurt. Eight people were taken to hospital after suffering moderate injuries, while 18 others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.