The Saudi led-coalition said on Saturday that it intercepted a number of Yemeni Houthi movement’s drones on the Abha International airport, Saudi News Agency (SPA) cited the coalition’s spokesperson.
The coalition explained that the drones did not hit the airport, adding that they were destroyed before reaching the airport.
No reports of casualties have been reported.
Earlier, Houthi movement Al-Masirah TV said that it carried out drone attacks on “main military sites” against the Abha airport. It added that they also hit sites the Jizan Regional airport, claiming that air traffic was suspended.
Last week, a Houthi drone attacked Abha airport, injuring eight Saudi nationals and an Indian citizen, according to the coalition.
In June, Houthis launched a drone attack, also against Abha airport, killing a Syrian civilian and wounding 21 others. The Saudi coalition had responded at that time by launching several airstrikes against “military sites of Houthis and their air-defence systems” in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, according to the coalition.
Human Rights Watch previously called on Houthis to “immediately stop all attacks on civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia,” adding that “unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen never justify Houthi attacks on Saudi civilians.”
In 2015, Saudi Arabia, which supports the embattled Yemeni President, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government, against Houthi rebels, intervened in the Yemeni conflict to prevent the fall of Hadi.
Saudi and the UAE-led Coalition, backed by the United States, Bahrain, and Kuwait, have launched hundreds of strikes in Yemen, killing thousands of Yemenis, including civilians.