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Abha, Saudi Arabia (photo: pxhere)

Missile hits airport arrivals hall

A Yemeni rebel missile hit Abha International Airport’s arrivals hall in southwestern Saudi Arabia on June 12, wounding 26 civilians.

A missile Houthi rebels claim they fired struck the arrivals hall of Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on June 12, injuring 26 people, Saudi officials have said.

Eight of those wounded were admitted to hospital, according to Turki al-Malki, a spokesperson for the US-backed Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen. The other 18 were treated and discharged.

No fatalities have been reported in the attack, but the number of civilians wounded was the largest in any attack by Houthi rebels in Saudi Arabia, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The airport, which services flights within Saudi Arabia, as well as to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, was also damaged by the weapon.

“Three women, a Yemeni, an Indian and Saudi and two Saudi children were among those injured,” said al-Malki, noting that such an attack on a civilian target could be considered a “war crime.”

According to Houthi-run Saba News, a strategic guided cruise missile was used in the attack.

In response
Malki stressed that in the face of the Houthi militias’ terrorist attacks, the command of the joint forces will take urgent and timely measures to deter the terrorist militias and ensure the protection of civilians.

A Houthi spokesperson, Mohamed Abdel Salam, said the attack was in response to Saudi Arabia’s “continued aggression and blockade on Yemen”, according to the Guardian.

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