Thursday, February 10, 2022

Saudi Forces Shoot Down Houthi Drone Over Abha Airport, Injuring 12 Civilians - Reports - UrduPoint

Saudi Arabia's air force has shot down a drone over Abha International airport in the country's southwest, purportedly launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen, resulting in the injuries of 12 civilians by shrapnel, media reported on Thursday.

Saudi broadcaster Al-Ekhbariya cited the Saudi-led coalition forces as saying that 12 civilians of various nationalities were wounded with debris and shrapnel when the drone was shot down over the airport in Saudi Arabia.

Earlier in the day, the coalition reported four people injured during the attack.

The coalition said it will take decisive action in response to the attack.

Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces and the Houthi rebels for several years. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led Arab coalition has been providing military support to Yemen by conducting air, land and sea operations against the rebels, who control the capital of Sanaa and large areas in northern and western Yemen. Abha airport, located in close proximity to Yemen, has been repeatedly targeted by Houthi rebels.


  1. The Arab Coalition asked residents of Sanaa to evacuate some “civilian sites” in the next 72 hours and warned of strikes on the Houthi militia in the area, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

    “Crucial points will be bombed in Sanaa that the Houthis use to launch marches,” the Arab Coalition in a statement carried by SPA.

    It comes after the Iran-backed Houthi militia conducted a drone strike against Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport on Thursday, injuring 12 people.

    The Kingdom’s defenses intercepted the drone, but debris reportedly fell within the vicinity of the airport.

    Abha, near Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen, is a regular target of drone and missile strikes launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia fighting coalition forces in Yemen.

    1. “The Houthis have chosen to escalate blatantly by targeting civilian airports and civilians,” said the Arab Coalition in the SPA report.

      “Minor physical damages,” including glass panels in some of the airport’s facades was shattered, according to SPA.

      Jordan, Egypt and the Arab Parliament have been quick to condemn the attack.

      Meanwhile, the Arab Coalition conducted 18 targeted strikes in Yemen’s Marib and Hajjah in 24 hours, destroying 12 “military vehicles” and causing casualties to the Houthis, according to SPA.


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