Houthi missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport wounds 26 | Yemen News

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have fired a missile at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, wounding 26 civilians in the airport’s arrivals hall, the Saudi-led coalition said.

The coalition said in a statement on Wednesday that the wounded were of different nationalities, and included women and children who were taken to a nearby hospital.

It was not yet clear what type of missile was used in the attack. The coalition said the strike proved that the Houthis have aquired “advanced weapons from Iran”.

Houthi-affiliated Masirah TV reported that the airport was struck with a cruise missile.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed al-Attab, reporting from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said the incident proved the coalition’s goal of destroying Houthi’s missile capabilities had failed, allowing the rebels to hit back.

“Many Yemenis, especially in the capital and also the areas under the control of the Houthis, have been enduring Saudi Arabia’s air raids for over four years,” he said.

“They have killed so many civilians; this brutal war has even targeted weddings, funerals, markets and hospitals,” he added.

Attacks by the rebels on Saudi Arabia have increased in recent months, after they had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts.

The conflict in Yemen that began in late 2014 has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say. 

About 24.1 million – more than two-thirds of the population – are in need of aid.

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