At least 26 people, including three women and two children, were injured in a missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia’s Abha international airport at 2 am on Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting them said.
The statement carried by the state-run Al Arabiya TV and Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said a projectile hit the arrivals hall of the airport that lies 200 km north of the kingdom’s border with Yemen.
Eight of the people were undergoing treatment in a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries while 18 others were allowed to go home after receiving first-aid, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki told SPA.
Of the three women injured, one each is from Yemen, India and Saudi Arabia. The two injured children are Saudi nationals.
The Houthi militia claimed responsibility for the attack in which, they said, a “cruise missile” was used.
Al-Maliki said the military and security agencies are trying to determine the type of weapon used in the attack.
The coalition vowed tough response to the attack, which could amount to a war crime, and promised urgent steps to ensure the safety of civilians.
The attack on the airport proves Houthis have obtained advanced weapons from Iran, the statement said.
The Yemeni government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said from their temporary capital in Aden that military action alone can wipe out Houthi rebels.
The UAE said the attack exposed Houthi militia’s designs to undermine regional security.
Bahrain calling it a terrorist and cowardly criminal act against innocent civilians.
Last month, an armed Houthi drone targeted two oil-pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.
The armed conflict in Yemen has left 6,872 civilians dead and 10,768 others wounded, mostly by coalition airstrikes, until November last year, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.