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Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Airport in Abha and Injure Civilians

RIYADH – An attack led by Houthi injured nine civilians on Tuesday in the attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia, a Riyadh-led coalition announced, Al Jazeera News Agencies reported Tuesday.
The terrorist attack on Abha airport … wounded nine civilians, including eight Saudi citizens and one with an Indian passport, the military coalition said in a statement issued by the security agency.
Earlier, Houthi rebels aligned with Iran said they “launched a massive operation targeting fighter jets at Abha International Airport” with drones, according to their Almasirah television channel.
Abha airport has been the target of repeated missile and drone attacks in recent weeks. On June 12, a rebel missile attack on Abha airport injured 26 civilians, signaling a promise of “harsh action” by the Saudi / UAE coalition.
And on June 23, another rebel attack on Abha airport killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.
Houthi rebels took control of vast tracts of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in late 2014, forcing the internationally recognized president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government to step down.
The raids take place in the midst of increased regional tensions after Washington – a key ally of Riyadh – accused Iran of shooting down an American drone over international waters and attacking oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to Houthi rebels, a charge denied by Tehran.
In the aftermath of recent attacks, Saudi official media reported an intensification of coalition air strikes on rebel positions in Hajjah province (northern Yemen) and the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.
The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies said.
The fighting has triggered what the United Nations describes as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with millions of people displaced and in need of assistance.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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