Saudi Arabia blames Iran and vows ‘stern action’ after missile strike on airport
Saudi forces are fuming after the strike on Abha International Aiport yesterday which was a major escalation amid the ongoing war in Yemen.
The Arab Coalition – which is led by Saudi Arabia – vowed to take “stern action” to deter Houthi rebels after the strike.
Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki also blamed Iran for the attack – accusing them of supplying the rebels with weapons.
Two children and three women were among the 26 wounded yesterday after the strike on Saudi Arabia.
Eight people were hospitalised, while most were treated on site, in an attack which was branded a “war crime”.
“[The attack] proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new advanced weapons”
Iran has consistently denied arming Houthi rebels amid ongoing allegations of the Islamic regime attempting to destabilise the Middle East.
Al-Malki said: “[The attack] proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new advanced weapons and the continuation of the Iranian regime’s support and waging of cross-border terrorism.”
He added the Houthis must now have “advanced weapons from Iran” and vowed to take “urgent and timely” measures.
Saudi authorities also vowed “stern action” against the rebels in Yemen.
Houthi-affiliated Almasirah TV reported that the Houthi forces launched a cruise missile attack on Abha.
The attack was condemned by the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Information minister Muammar al-Iryani alleged the strike was carried out “under the supervision of Iranian experts”.
And the EU said: “Such provocative attacks pose a threat to regional security and undermine the UN-led political process in Yemen”.
Saudi Arabia has regularly come under attack from Yemen as it wages a three-year military campaign in the nation.
The conflict has also become a proxy war with Iran.
The country’s ousted government is supported by Riyadh, while Iran is supporting the Houthi rebels.
It has previously been branded a “stupid war” by UN chiefs as it descends deeper into a humanitarian crisis.
At least 24 million people – more than two thirds of the population – are in need to aid
The Houthis – who champion Yemen’s Zaidi Shia minority – took over the city of Sanaa in 2015 and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.
Saudi Arabia – fearing the rise of a group allegedly funded by Iran – began an air campaign in Yemen along with eight other mostly Sunni Arab states.
Years of brutal military stalemate have followed – with ever mounting human cost due to the bombing.
Houthi rebels are alleged to have increased missile attacks and drone strikes amid renewed tensions between the US and Iran.
- Saudi Arabia
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