Saudi intercepts five drones in new airport attack

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Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels in the second assault on an airport in the kingdom.

The drones targeted Abha airport, where a rebel missile on Wednesday left 26 civilians wounded, and the nearby city of Khamis Mushait, which houses a major airbase.

The latest raid comes amid spiralling regional tensions after Washington accused Iran of carrying out attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, the second such incident in a month in the strategic sea lane.

A Saudi-led military coalition said in a statement that he airport was operating normally with no fights disrupted.

Huthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported earlier that the Iran-aligned rebels had carried out drone attacks on Abha Airport.

During a media tour of the airport on Thursday, Saudi authorities said they had closed a part of the arrival lounge after the missile tore a hole in the roof and disrupted flights for several hours.

A Saudi civil aviation official said authorities were still investigating rebel claims that they fired a cruise missile at the airport.

If confirmed that would represent a major leap in the rebels’ military capability, experts say.

 

Via Al Jazeera/Reuters

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