Yemen's Houthis claim drone attack on Saudi airport

Source: Xinhua| 2021-03-19 01:30:00|Editor: huaxia

SANAA, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi militia said they attacked the Abha international airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, using a bomb-laden drone.

"The drone hit a military target in the airport accurately," the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV quoted a statement by the militia's military spokesman Yehya Sarea as saying.

"The attack was in response to the aggressor's military escalation and blockade," the spokesman said, referring to the Saudi-led coalition that has intervened in the war in Yemen since 2015.

The Houthis have stepped up cross-border attacks against Saudi cities and oil facilities recently. Most of the attacks were foiled by the Saudi-led coalition forces.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthis seized control of several northern Yemeni provinces and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015 to support Hadi's government. Enditem