Ten wounded as drone attack damages airport, Saudi Arabia media reports

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An explosives-laden drone strike at King Abdullah airport in the Saudi southern city of Jizan injured ten persons on Friday, according to the state news agency (SPA), citing a Saudi-led coalition spokesman.

According to accounts, six Saudis, three Bangladeshis, and one Sudanese national were injured. The attack also smashed some of the airport's exterior windows, according to a coalition official.

According to a statement from the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, which was published by SPA, the casualties were injured when "a hostile projectile crashed on King Abdullah Airport."

The Houthis made no quick claim of responsibility.

Several strikes on Saudi targets have recently been attributed on Houthi troops fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen to restore the country's deposed government. The alliance, which intervened in March 2015, has frequently used air strikes in Yemen to retaliate for cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's air and ground defenses have been better at intercepting Houthi drones and ballistic missiles in recent years.

Since the Houthis took the capital Sanaa and ousted the government in 2014, Yemen has been plagued by war, sickness, and hunger.

In a meeting with US President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan late last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the war in Yemen in depth, according to a senior administration official.

Last month, UN special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg of Sweden, met with Saudi officials to seek ways to resolve the crisis.

Publish : 2021-10-09 00:59:00

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