Iran-backed Houthi missile strike at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport wounds 26, including children
A missile fired by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi terrorists hit the airport’s arrivals hall in the mountain resort city of Abha, injuring 26 passengers of different nationalities, prompting fresh tensions between Riyadh and Iran.
The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that the wounded were of different nationalities, and included women and children who were taken to a nearby hospital.
Eight of those wounded were admitted to hospital, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said in a statement. He said at least one Indian was among three women wounded along with two Saudi children. The other 18 were discharged after receiving first aid.
Flights from the airport, which is around 100 miles from the Yemeni border, were disrupted for several hours before returning to normal.
The coalition said the strike proved that the Houthis terrorists have acquired “advanced weapons from Iran”.
Houthi-affiliated Masirah TV reported that the airport was struck with a cruise missile.
Yesterday, Riyadh said it intercepted two drones fired by the Houthis, who control a large part of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.
The attacks come as the Saudi-Emirati coalition has intensified air raids on Houthi positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.
Last month, two oil pumping stations have been attacked by Houthi drones in Saudi Arabia, a day after two Saudi oil tankers were attacked near United Arab Emirates territorial waters.