26 wounded in missile attack by Houthi rebels at Saudi airport

Saudi-led coalition confirms Houthi attack on airport

Arab Coalition: Houthi rocket targets Saudi Abha airport, 26 injured

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthis says the group have attacked Saudi Arabia's Abha airport in the southwest of the kingdom, injuring 26 civilians.

The Houthi militias claimed through their media full responsibility for the terrorist attack saying a cruise missile was used.

To discuss the latest updates we speak with Mahjoob Zweiri, director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University, our Yemen correspondent Mohammed Al Attab from Sanaa and, finally, journalist Hussain Al Bukhaiti who joins us from Sanaa.

They said the assault on Saudi Arabia was meant to send a message to the kingdom to "stop your aggression" on Yemen.

The other 18 were discharged after receiving first aid.

Flights out of the airport resumed around four hours after the incident, although an EgyptAir flight was cancelled.

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Among the injured women one each is from Yemen, India and Saudi Arabia.

The colonel also said this attack could amount to a war crime, as it targetted civilians rather than military forces, and pledged the coalition will carry out a "firm" response.

"It also proves that these terrorist militias have received new weapons, and that the Iranian regime continues its support and practice of cross-border terrorism and the continuing violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231". He said the coalition would "take stern action" to deter the rebels and protect civilians.

The rebel attacks came as SPA reported the coalition was intensifying airstrikes on rebel positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Last month, the Saudi air force shot down a rebel drone that targeted Jizan airport on the Red Sea coast close to the Yemeni border, the coalition said. The Houthis deny being puppets of Iran and say their revolution is against corruption. The coalition has responded in the past by carrying out air strikes on Houthi military sites in and around Sanaa.

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