Drone attack on Saudi airport injures 8

Drone attack on Saudi airport injures 8

Eight people have been injured in the latest drone strike at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia, the country’s state media reported Tuesday.

The drone was intercepted and shrapnel hit the runway, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said in a statement reported by Al-Ekhbariya News.

At least it was the second attack at the airport in 24 hours and the latest in a series against the kingdom that Saudi officials blame the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

A ballistic missile hit the airport on Monday but caused no injuries, the Saudi press reported.

Missiles and explosive-laden drones have increasingly hit Saudi Arabia civil war in Yemen lead to a stalemate.

The Yemeni Houthis, who have received weapons and training from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, have taken much of the land from the Yemeni government, which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition.

Saudi Arabia has declared a ceasefire proposal earlier this year. The Houthis have so far rejected it, but continue to insist on: eventual territorial gain.

The rebels insist that Riyadh be . completely cancels blockade on Yemen that according to the United Nations, experts and human rights organizations have blamed the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country, the worst in the world.

Saudi and Western officials are reluctant to push for an end to the blockade over concerns it could allow the Houthis to enrich and further arm themselves.

Iran has expanded its drone capabilities in recent years, placing Washington’s regional partners well within range of drones and cruise and ballistic missiles.

Next week, the next UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, will take on his role, replacing Martin Griffiths.

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