Yemen war: Civilian killed in Houthi attack on Saudi airport

A Syrian civilian has been killed in an attack by Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said 21 other people were injured when Abha airport was struck on Sunday evening.

He did not say what type of weapon was used. But a Houthi TV channel said its fighters had targeted airports in Abha and nearby Jizan with drones.

It is the second time Abha airport has been hit in less than two weeks.

On 12 June, two children were among 26 civilians injured when a cruise missile launched by the Houthis struck the arrivals hall. Human Rights Watch denounced it as an apparent war crime.

Coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Maliki said the “terrorist attack” on Abha airport – about 110km (70 miles) from Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen – took place at about 21:10 local time (18:10 GMT) on Sunday.

The injured civilians were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and Bangladesh, and included three women and two children, he added.

Saudi state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV broadcast video footage that showed damage to a McDonald’s restaurant at the airport and several parked vehicles.

Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV earlier cited a rebel military spokesman as saying it targeted “military sites” at Abha airport and Jizan airport – about 150km (94 miles) to the…

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