A missile fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels fell on the arrival hall of Abha International airport in south-east Saudi Arabia injuring 26 people, including three women and two children today morning.
Media outlets associated with the Houtis claimed the projectile was a cruise missile.
“A hostile projectile fired by Houthi militia at 02.21am hit the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport in Asir Province in south-western Saudi Arabia, through which thousands of civilian passengers of different nationalities pass daily,” Colonel Turki Almalki, the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, said.
Eight cases were transferred to hospital for treatment for moderate injuries, while 18 were treated at the site for minor injuries. There was also some physical damage to the airport lounge.
“The military and security forces are working to determine the type of projectile used in the terrorist attack,” Colonel Almalki was quoted as saying by Saudi Press Agency, the country's official news agency.
This attack also proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new special weapons, the SPA statement said. Houthi militia have claimed responsibility for the attack carried out using cruise missiles.
According to the report, the attack shows that the militia have acquired new special weapons. The attack is a violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231.
Houthi rebel forces have announced that they have developed a new underground launcher system for short-range ballistic missiles. “This comes within the framework of developing the missile capabilities and raising their effectiveness in the field,” the Houthi forces were quoted as saying in a statement by Saba News Agency Tuesday
The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels claimed to have fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabias biggest oil provider Aramco facility in Asir, Houthi-run media outlet Almasirah reported on Tuesday. The Saudi state television reported on Wednesday that the missile was successfully intercepted
The Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen said it fired on Thursday a ballistic missile toward a military airport in Saudi border province of Najran, Saba news agency reported. However, Saudi media reported that Saudi air defense intercepted the missile and destroyed it over Nijran
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