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Saudi coalition vows to take stern action against Houthis after missile attack

The Saudi led coalition has vowed to counter Houthi rebels after they carried out a missile attack on a Saudi Airport injuring 26 civilians.

Yesterday the Yemeni rebels fired cruise missile on Abha airport in Saudi Arabia that left at least 26 injured.

Turki al-Malki, the coalition spokesman, said the missile hit “proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new advanced weapons and the continuation of the Iranian regime’s support and waging of cross-border terrorism”.

Houthi rebels have stepped up missile and drone attacks across the border in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, the coalition had said that rebels attack on the airport could amount to a war crime and proved that the Houthis have acquired “advanced weapons from Iran”.

The European Union said “such provocative attacks pose a threat to regional security and undermine the UN-led political process in Yemen”.

Houthi-affiliated Almasirah 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 (UAE) 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.