Yemen war: Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport 'injures 26'

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Yemen war: Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport 'injures 26'

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says 26 people have been wounded in a missile attack as Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted an airport in the kingdom's southwestern town of Abha. Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said.

According to Colonel Turki Almalki the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, "At (02:21am) Wednesday morning a hostile projectile fired by Houthi militia hit the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport in Asir Province in southwestern Saudi Arabia, through which thousands of civilian passengers of different nationalities pass daily".

The colonel said eight cases had been transferred to hospital to receive treatment for moderate injuries.

The airport lounge was also damaged, he said.

Al-Malki said that the militias claiming full responsibility for this terrorist act constitutes "a clear and full recognition of the responsibility of targeting civilian and civilian objects that are subject to special protection under global humanitarian law".

"Targeting Abha airport proves that the Houthis have obtained advanced weapons from Iran", the coalition statement said, saying the attack could amount to a war crime.

Saudi Arabia's military and security forces are working to determine the type of rocket that was used during the attack, Col Al Malki said.

The coalition, which has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen, said it would make a "firm" response.

The attack followed an earlier interception, by Saudi air defense systems on Tuesday, of two Houthi combat drones that targeted a military base on the kingdom's southern border with Yemen.

Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering the attack, a charge that Tehran denies.

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