Drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport intercepted
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Drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport intercepted

07 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 7th, 2021 12:19)

Abha International Airport’s navigation traffic has been brought back to normal after it was stopped briefly.

Drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport intercepted
In the past few years, the airport and its neighbouring city Khamis Mushayt have witnessed repeated drone and missile strikes. Credit: Robert Laible / Pixabay.

Four people have been injured after a drone laden with explosives targeting Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia was intercepted.

Citing Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariyah, Reuters reported that the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted the drone and its scattered debris injured four workers and shattered the glass of some facades at the airport.

Following a temporary halt, the airport’s navigation traffic returned to normal.

The coalition held Houthis in Yemen responsible for this incident.

Quoting the coalition, Saudi state TV said: “The Houthi attempt to target civilians at Abha airport as a civilian airport is a war crime.”

At present, the coalition is taking ‘operational measures to neutralise the sources of threat’ used in the attempted attack on the airport.

The drone’s launching site in the Yemeni province of Saada has been destroyed by the coalition.

Hours before this drone strike, the coalition warplanes intercepted two Houthis drones in Al-Jawf of northern Yemen.

In the past few years, the airport and its neighbouring city Khamis Mushayt have witnessed repeated Houthi drone and missile strikes.

In August, Houthi drone strikes on Abha International Airport injured at least eight people and damaged a civilian aeroplane.