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Saudi-led coalition says 8 injured in drone attack on Abha airport

This file photo, taken on June 12, 2019, shows the entrance of Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (By AFP)

The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen says several people have been injured when a bomb-laden drone targeted Abha airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwest on Tuesday.

In a statement carried by al-Ekhbariya television channel, the coalition said following an earlier drone strike, "a second drone attempting to attack Abha International Airport was intercepted and shot down."

It said eight people had sustained injuries and a “civilian” plane had also been damaged.

According to the network, the coalition intercepted the drone, causing shrapnel to hit parts of the airport near the runway. 

It added that flights had been temporarily halted "to ensure the safety of incoming and departing aircraft, as well as civilians at the airport". 

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But the coalition blamed it on the Yemeni Ansarullah movement.

According to the statement, the attack was the second to target the airport in the last 24 hours.

Military positions in the airport have been a frequent target of Yemeni drones over the past months. Yemen’s army and Popular Committees regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi-led aggression on their country.

Saudi Arabia and some of its regional allies, backed by the US and other Western powers, have been waging a devastating war on Yemen since March 2015 with the goal of reinstalling a Riyadh-friendly regime that was toppled in a popular uprising.

The Saudi-led war has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and widespread disease, killed tens of thousands of innocent people, and destroyed the impoverished state’s infrastructure.

The United Nations has described the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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