RIYADH, (BM) – A missile attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia has left at least 26 injured, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting The Sun and according officials in the desert kingdomstatement.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen said they carried out the attack on Abha airport, in south-western Saudi Arabia, using cruise missiles.
The wounded represent the largest number of civilians and to be injured in Saudi Arabia as a result of its intervention in the civil war in Yemen.
The Houthi rebels said the attacks were in response to Saudi “continued aggression”.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed rebels promised to respond to what they said was a war crime carried out with “advanced weapons” supplied by Tehran.
According to Houthi-run Masirah TV, the rebels had launched a cruise missile attack on the airport, which is about 125 miles north of the border with Yemen.
A Houthi military spokesman threatened that the group would target every airport in Saudi Arabia and that the coming days would reveal “big surprises”.
Another Houthi spokesman, Brigadier General Yahia Sarie claimed the missile hit and destroyed the airport’s traffic control tower.
US-made air defence systems were unable to intercept the missile, he said.
The Saudi-led coalition said said it would make a “firm” response to the attack.
A coalition statement, carried on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at the airport, causing damage.
Three women and two children were among the 26 wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said.
Eight people were hospitalised and 18 sustained minor injuries, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said.
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Source: The Sun