Houthis Bombed Again Abha Airport in Southern Saudi Arabia by Drones

  • The two operations "disrupted air navigation at the airport," Houthi forces spokesman Yahya Saree said.
  • Saudi media said traffic at the airport was proceeding normally.
  • The Saudi-led coalition has been waging war in Yemen since 2015, saying it seeks to return the legitimate government led by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Sanaa.

The Houthis attacked with drones Abha International Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia, Ansar Allah movement’s armed forces spokesman said.  Houthi forces spokesman Yahya Saree said the attack targeted a fuel depot and an airport control tower. The attack was quickly carried out by a number of deadly drones.

The Houthi movement (called Ansar Allah “Supporters of God”) is an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa’dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. They are of the Zaidi sect, though the movement reportedly also includes Sunnis. Under the leadership of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, the group emerged as a Zaydi opposition to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whom they charged with massive financial corruption and criticized for being backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States at the expense of the Yemeni people and Yemen’s sovereignty.

“The first operation targeted the gas station at the airport and hit its target with high accuracy. The second operation targeted the control tower at the airport and the injury was accurate,” he said. The two operations “disrupted air navigation at the airport,” Houthi forces spokesman Yahya Saree said. There was no comment from the Saudi-led military alliance. However, Saudi media said traffic at the airport was proceeding normally.

“Targeting” the airport is “a response to aggression crimes,  continuous siege, and continuous raids,” Saree said. The Saudi-led coalition has been waging war in Yemen since 2015, saying it seeks to return the legitimate government led by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Sanaa. The Houthis say Saudi Arabia aims to destroy Yemen’s institutions.

In Aden, southern Yemen, at least six civilians were reported killed as fighting resumed. The fighting, which erupted on Wednesday, is between government forces and separatist militants. The clashes were most intense in ​​Aden province. The Yemeni Interior Ministry appealed to citizens to remain in their homes. But that does not mean ensuring their safety, according to Middle East news sources. According to one report, six people, including four members of the same family, were killed when a shell hit a house.

Clashes are taking place between forces loyal to the internationally recognized government and the militants of the “Southern Transitional Council,” who seeks independence for the south from Yemen. The militants belong to the same government forces in their war against the Houthis, raising fears of a split in the Saudi-backed coalition. The clashes erupted around the presidential palace in the city of Aden last Wednesday between Presidential Guard forces and Southern Transitional Council’s gunmen.

Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi (born 1 September 1945) is a Yemeni politician and former Field Marshal of the Yemeni Armed Forces. He has been the President of Yemen since 27 February 2012, and was Vice President from 1994 to 2012.

The clashes led to the killing of an officer in the Presidential Guard and the injury of three soldiers, according to a brigade commander from Presidential Guard, while press sources loyal to the Transitional Council said that five of its members were killed and dozens wounded by Presidential Guard forces. Southern Transitional Council members tried to storm the Badr camp loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. This after the funeral of hundreds of people from Yemen southern provinces who died in an attack on the Southern Transitional Council’s security belt area.

International concern

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Wednesday, expressed concern. “I am alarmed by the military escalations in Aden today, including reports of clashes in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace. I am also deeply concerned by the recent rhetoric encouraging violence against Yemeni institutions,” he said on Twitter.

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