“The terrorist attack on Abha airport … led to the injury of nine civilians, including eight Saudi citizens and one carrying an Indian passport,” the military coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Abha airport has come under repeated missile and drone attacks in the past several weeks. On June 12, a missile attack on Abha airport wounded 26 civilians, drawing promises of “stern action” from the Saudi-Emirati coalition.
And on June 23, another attack on Abha airport killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.
The Houthis have stepped-up attacks in recent weeks against Saudi Arabia, which has been running a bloody military campaign in the Middle East’s poorest country since 2015.
The Houthis took control of vast swaths of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in late 2014, forcing the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power.
The raids come amid heightened regional tensions after Washington – a key ally of Riyadh – accused Iran of shooting down a US drone over international waters and of carrying out attacks on oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.
Following recent attacks, Saudi state media have reported an intensification of coalition air raids on “rebel” positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah and the Houthi-held capital Sanaa.
The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.
The fighting has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced and in need of aid.
(Source: Al Jazeera)