One killed, seven injured in Abha airport attack

One killed, seven injured in Abha airport attack

ABHA: One person was killed and seven others injured on Sunday when Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked Abha airport in south-west Saudi Arabia, a Saudi-led alliance fighting the Iran-linked rebels said.

The dead person was a Syrian man, alliance spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said, according to the official Saudi news agency SPA.

The attack was unleashed by a drone that targeted the airport’s parking area, Saudi-owned television Al Arabiya reported.

Air traffic at the facility resumed after a one-hour halt, the broadcaster added.

Earlier this month, 26 people were injured when Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted the same airport with a missile, the Saudi-led alliance said.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have stepped up their attacks into neighbouring Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, a regional rival of Riyadh.

The Houthis have defended their attacks, saying they are in response to the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

The alliance has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen since 2015.

Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been in the grip of a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.

The feud has intensified since 2015 when the Houthis advanced on the government’s temporary capital of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies to start a military campaign against the Shiite group.

The Saudis fear that the Houthis will give Iran a strategic foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

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