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Terrorism

Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone targeting Abha airport, four injured

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Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have intercepted a booby-trapped drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthis in attempt to carry out an attack on Abha International Airport.

“Shrapnel have scattered and fell in the vicinity of Abha’s internal airport as a result of the interception,” a statement by the Arab Coalition added.

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“The shrapnel have caused minor injuries to four employees of Abha International Airport and some windows had been shattered. The Houthi attempt to target civilians at Abha Airport as a civilian airport constitutes a war crime. We are taking operational measures to neutralize the sources of threat used in the attempt to attack Abha airport,” the coalition added.

Last month, eight people had been injured in Houthi drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport that also damaged a civilian airplane.

The Houthis regularly launch attacks on Saudi Arabia and Yemeni areas under the control of the internationally-recognized government. Iran backs the group in its fight against the Yemeni Armed Forces and supplies the Houthis with weapons, drones, and military training as well.

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