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Iranian-aligned Houthi Terrorists Attack Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport, Injuring At Least 9 Civilians

Houthi terrorists in Yemen have launched their third attack in three weeks on Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, wounding at least nine civilians. Among those injured in the drone attack were eight Saudis and one Indian passport-holder.

The Iranian-aligned terrorist group confirmed that they had “launched a wide operation aimed at warplanes at Abha international airport.” The civilian facility has come under repeated fire by Houthi terrorists in recent weeks.

26 civilians were wounded on June 12 when the group fired a cruise missile at the airport, located 70 miles from the Saudi-Yemeni border. On June 23, another terrorist attack on the same airport killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which supports the internationally-recognized government based in Aden, claimed that the missile directed at the airport had been supplied to the Houthis by Iran. They added that attacks on civilian airports constitute a violation of international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia intercepted two additional drones launched by Houthi terrorists from Yemen – one drone targeted the province of Jizan; the second was aimed at a residential area in Asir province.

Houthi-controlled Al-Masirah TV said late on Saturday that the drones targeted Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan with Qasef-2K drones. A 2018 report by a U.N. panel of experts identified Iran as the main military and financial backer of the Houthis.

The Qasef, or Striker, “is virtually identical in design, dimensions and capability to that of the Ababil-T, manufactured by the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries,” the report stated. The Ababil-T can deliver up to a 45-kilogram warhead up to 95 miles away. The Qasef-2K, which the Houthis said they used in Saturday’s attack, similarly resembles the Iranian designs.

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