Indian woman among 26 injured in Saudi airport attack

Saul Bowman
June 13, 2019

"It is essential that Iran plays a constructive role in building solid peace and stability in the Middle East", Abe told the joint news conference in Tehran with the Iranian leader, hours after Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport, wounding 26 people.

The attack resulted in the injury of 26 civilians of different nationalities, the report said, adding that the wounded included one Indian woman and two Saudi children.

The airport lies about 200 kilometres north of the Saudi border with Yemen in the kingdom's south-west.

Eight of those wounded at Abha airport were admitted to hospital, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

Al-Malki said that security forces are working to determine the type of projectile used in the terrorist attack.

Protesters said "the efforts by Japan's prime minister for mediating between Iran and the U.S. is useless, and if this is the goal of the trip, it will have no achievement", the Fars news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia's civil aviation body told Reuters air traffic was now running normally at the airport.

The US Embassy in the Kingdom said on Twitter that it condemns "in the strongest possible terms the Houthi attack on innocent civilians at Abha airport".

Yemeni Army stressed that the missile attack which targeted Saudi airport of Abha early Wednesday was successful, noting that US' most advanced defense system could not intercept the cruise missile fired at the airport.

A drone strike hit a Saudi Aramco facility hundreds of kilometers away from the Yemeni border last month, prompting the oil company to temporarily shut one of its key pipelines.

"The Houthis ... are saying these kind of attacks are revenge for Saudi Arabia's escalation and their attacks on civilian areas over the past four years", al-Attab said.

Earlier this week, a Houthi military spokesman said it would target every airport in Saudi Arabia and that the coming days would reveal "big surprises".

"The continuation of the aggression and siege on Yemen for the fifth year, the closure of Sanaa airport and the rejection of a political solution make it inevitable for our people to defend themselves", Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said in a statement reported by the rebels' Al-Masirah television. In March 2018 an Egyptian was killed in Riyadh by missile shrapnel. The U.S. has also blamed Iran for sabotaging tankers near the Persian Gulf using naval mines, a claim Tehran denies.

"A cruise missile might be able to come in at a sufficiently low altitude that it could not be engaged before reaching its target", he said. The coalition has responded in the past by carrying out air strikes on Houthi military sites in and around Sanaa.

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