WorldAbha International Airport: Missile hits arrivals hall, injuring 26
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A missile fired bystruck the arrivals hall of an airport in southwestern on Wednesday, injuring 26 people, a Saudi official said.
Eighteen people were treated at Abha International Airport for minor injuries and another eight were taken to hospital, Turki al-Malki, spokesman of the US-backed, said in a statement published on Saudi state media.
"Three women, a Yemeni, an Indian and Saudi and two Saudi children were amongst those injured," al-Malki said, adding that "authorities are working on identifying the type of missile that was used in this terrorist attack."
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"In light of these terrorist and immoral transgressions by the Houthis, the coalition will take strict measures urgently and carefully to deter them," al-Malki said. "This includes protecting civilians and civilian assets. The terrorist elements responsible for planning and carrying out this attack will be held accountable."
The airport, which services flights within Saudi Arabia, as well as to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, suffered from material damage, al-Malki said.
Thebegan in early 2015 when Houthi rebels -- a minority Shia group from the north of the country -- drove out the internationally-recognized government and forced its president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to flee.
Yemen Rebels Attack Saudi Airport, Wounding 26 People
A missile fired by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels hit a Saudi airport on Wednesday, wounding 26 people and ratcheting up tensions in the Gulf just as international efforts to avert escalation get underway. The projectile hit the arrival section at Abha International airport in the southwest of the country, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition that’s fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Yemen’s Houthis said earlier in the day that they had targeted Abha airport with cruise missiles.
The crisis quickly escalated into a multi-sided war, with neighboring Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of Gulf states against the Houthi rebels. The coalition is advised and supported by the US, among other nations.
Wednesday's attack comes after Saudi Arabia reported thatin the kingdom in May.
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