Houthis fire drones at Saudi airport

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Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group aimed drones at Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport e on Tuesday and put it out of service for several hours.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone aimed by Houthis at civilian targets in the south of the kingdom.

Abha airport, near Saudi Arabia’s south-west border, is a regular target for Houthi drones and missiles. Many are intercepted but some hit causing deaths and injuries.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Twitter the attack with Samad 3 drones took place at dawn.

Yemen has been mired in conflict since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government in Sanaa by Houthi forces in late 2014. Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system.

Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces escalated since May when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired. In late June, missiles reached the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition retaliated with air strikes.