Yemeni Houthi rebels claim attack on Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Airport: Reports

Yemeni Houthi rebels claim attack on Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Airport: Reports

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Sanaa, Jun 30: Yemen's Houthi rebels said that they had attacked Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport with a drone on Saturday night, local media reported.

"The rebels used the Qasef-2K drone in the attack targeting Saudi military aircraft on ground and will continue to attack Saudi military targets,"Al Masirah TV quoted an official spokesperson for the Houthi military as saying.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Saudi-led coalition spokesman Col Turki Maliki, that the coalition downed the drone launched by the Houthi rebels, preventing it from reaching targets.

Later in the day, Al Masirah reported, citing the spokesperson, that the Houthis had launched an attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia's city of Abha with drone.

Saudi Arabia has made no comment yet on the attacks.

The rebels have recently stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi regional airports.

According to Saudi state news agency, a Houthi drone attack on Abha airport last week killed a Syrian expatriate and wounded eight others, while another Houthi missile attack two weeks ago on the same airport injured 26 civilians.

The Saudi-led coalition has been engaged in the civil war in Yemen since March 2015, when it started to carry out airstrikes against the Houthi armed rebels at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The United Nations has repeatedly called the Yemeni conflict the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 24 million people over 80 per cent of the country’s population currently in need of aid.

In December 2018, for the first time in several years, the parties to the conflict in Yemen met for a negotiation, which was organized by the United Nations in Stockholm. They managed to reach a number of important agreements, in particular, to implement a ceasefire, exchange prisoners and open humanitarian corridors in the port city of Al Hudaydah. (UNI)