Saudi-led coalition destroys drone heading to Abha Airport

This is the fourth attack in as many days by the Iran-aligned Houthis on targets in the kingdom

This handout image provided by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Media on February 10, 2021 reportedly shows the wreckage of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) that was used in an attack on Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia's southern Asir province. A civilian plane was engulfed in flames on February 10 after Yemen's Huthi rebels launched a drone strike on the airport days after the US moved to delist the insurgents as "terrorists". Saudi authorities did not immediately report any casualties from the attack, claimed by the Huthis, the latest in a series of rebel assaults on the kingdom despite a renewed American push to de-escalate the six-year conflict. - === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SAUDI MINISTRY OF MEDIA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===
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The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted a drone launched by Houthis rebels towards Abha International Airport, state media reported on Saturday.

The attack by an explosives-laden drone was the fourth such incident involving the Iran-backed Houthis in southern Saudi Arabia in as many days.

The coalition reported intercepting Houthi drones on Friday and Thursday, while an attack on Wednesday using several drones resulted in a civilian aircraft catching fire at Abha airport, in Asir province.

Scheduled flights at the airport were delayed because of Wednesday's attack, according to flight-tracking websites.

The coalition called the attack a war crime and said that it will “hold Houthis accountable in accordance with international law".

In 2019, Houthis fired cruise missiles at the airport several times between June 19 and 29, killing one person and wounding at least 47.

The Houthis hold northern Yemen, from where they have launched hundreds of missiles and drones towards Saudi cities.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognised government.

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