Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, condemned on Tuesday the Houthi attempted attack on Abha airport, saying it constituted as a war crime, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The cabinet considered the Houthis two attempts to attack Abha International airport “in a systematic and deliberate manner.. as a continuation of hostilities and a war crime targeting travelers of different nationalities and airport employees,” SPA reported.
Eight staff members of the Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia were injured when the Arab Coalition intercepted a drone that was targeting the airport on Tuesday, the coalition’s spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki said earlier.
The attempted attack came just hours after the Iran-backed Houthi militia had launched an explosive drone towards the airport.
“At (0906) Tuesday (31 August 2021), a second attempt to target traveling civilians and staff at Abha International Airport by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia using a bomb-laden drone was thwarted,” al-Maliki said in a statement.
Shrapnel, or fragments of the drone, scattered around the premises of the airport when it was destroyed by the coalition, injuring the staff members.