Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport wounds 26

Last Updated: Jun 12 2019 17:23
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According to the state media, at least 26 civilians have been wounded in a projectile attack by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-western Saudi Arabia.

3 women and 2 children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.

A rebel source had earlier claimed that the facility was hit "with precision".

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Arab states backing Yemen's government in its four-year war with the Houthis.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015, when the rebels seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.

Coalition military spokesman Col Turki al-Maliki said the missile fired by the Houthis hit the arrival hall at Abha International Airport at 02:21 on Wednesday (23:21 GMT on Tuesday), according to the official Saudi Press Agency reports.