Yemen's Houthi rebels claim fresh drone attack on Saudi airport

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-14 15:35:02|Editor: Li Xia
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SANAA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for fresh drone attacks on Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the group's al-Masirah TV reported early Friday.

The group said Friday that it has launched several drone strikes against the airport in a tit-for-tat move following a series of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition against the capital Sanaa.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that the Saudi air defence forces intercepted and destroyed five bomb-laden drones launched by Houthi militias to Abha airport and border city Khamis Mushait in the same region earlier in the day.

"The airport and the air traffic were operating normally," Turki Al Maliki, spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition, was quoted by Al Arabiya television as saying.

It was the second attack on the airport since a cruise missile was fired at the airport on Wedensday, which wounded 26 people, including three women and two children.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have led the coalition against Houthis for years in support of Yemen's internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.