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Nine injured in Houthi rebels’ attack on Saudi airport

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Yemen’s Houthi rebels’ attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia has injured on Tuesday.

The Houthi rebels launched a drone attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, Saudi officials said.

Yemen-based Houthi rebels have stepped up drone attack on the kingdom recently. It is the latest flare-up in an ongoing power struggle between the rebels, who are supported by Iran, and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.

The Houthis took over Yemen’s capital Sanaa and other areas of the country in 2014.

The Houthi rebels announced the attack on Abha international airport via their Al-Masira television channel as a “wide operation targeting warplanes.” In recent weeks, Abha airport has been repeatedly targeted by Houthi attacks that have killed one person and wounded dozens more.

A rebel missile attack on Abha airport on June 12 wounded 26 civilians and drew promises of “stern action” from the Saudi-led coalition. On June 23, another rebel attack on the same airport killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.

Following the recent attacks, Saudi state media have reported an intensification of air raids on rebel positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah and the capital Sanaa.

The ongoing conflict between the rebels and the Saudi-backed government has unleashed what the UN calls “one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.” Yemen was already one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, and now millions of people are facing starvation and displacement.