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26 injured in Houthis’ missile attack on Saudi Airport

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have carried out an attack on Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia with a cruise missile.

The group’s Al-Masirah TV reported early on Wednesday that they fired a missile at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport.

At least 26 civilians were wounded in the building’s arrivals hall as a result of the attack, Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting the rebels said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the coalition said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport, causing material damage. Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said.

Eight people were taken to hospital while most were treated on site.

The attack could amount to a war crime and proved that the Houthis have acquired “advanced weapons from Iran”, the coalition said, vowing to take “urgent and timely” measures in response.

There was no immediate response from Iran, which has denied arming the Houthis.

Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah TV reported that the Houthi forces launched a cruise missile attack on Abha airport, which is about 200km north of the border with Yemen and serves domestic and regional routes.

The alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that had been forced out of power by the Houthis.