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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 28 February 2021

Saudi coalition intercepts more Houthi drones aimed at Abha Airport

Yemeni rebels have increased their attacks on the Kingdom in recent days

Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, pictured after it was attacked by Yemen's Houthi group in 2019. Reuters.
Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, pictured after it was attacked by Yemen's Houthi group in 2019. Reuters.

The Saudi-led Coalition on Tuesday intercepted another explosive-laden drone launched in the direction of the kingdom’s Abha airport by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Debris from the drone was scattered across the airport after it was intercepted, a coalition spokesperson said.

The incident caused no casualties, Al Arabiya TV reported.

The airport is in Saudi Arabia's south-west, around 100km from the Yemen border.

It was hit in another attack last week, which damaged a plane on the tarmac. There have been near-daily attacks by the Yemeni rebels on the kingdom over the last week.

The US, France and others have condemned the attacks on civilian infrastructure and civilians, and Washington said it would look at ways to boost the kingdom's defence capabilities.

The Saudi-led coalition has intercepted more than 345 ballistic missiles and 515 Houthi drones aimed at the country since 2015.

Several Houthi attacks on Abha Airport in June 2019 wounded dozens and killed a Syrian national.

The busy regional commercial airport is popular with tourists visiting the country’s south.

Updated: February 16, 2021 08:11 PM