First modification: 08/31/2021 – 16:04
The Saudi-led international military coalition in Yemen blames the Houthi rebels, although this group has not claimed responsibility. The attack comes two days after another drone and missile attack killed about 30 people at Yemen’s largest air base.
A drone with bombs attacked one of Saudi Arabia’s international airports. It is the airport of Abha, the capital of the southern province of Asir that borders Yemen. Saudi state television Al Ekhbariya claimed that at least eight people were injured and that a commercial plane resulted in some damage.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen has a clear culprit: the Houthis. In fact, the Saudis claimed that before the attack there was a first drone of the Yemeni rebels that sprayed shrapnel around the airlift and caused no casualties.
According to the channel ‘Al Ekhbariya’, the second unmanned aircraft was intercepted by the coalition military and the debris was what ended up injuring civilians. Although this is the version of the military coalition.
“The coalition emphasized that the second attack on Abha international airport by the (Houthi) militia in 24 hours constitutes a war crime,” the state channel noted.
In addition, this event occurs just two days after Yemen’s largest air base was attacked. A streak of at least three missiles and several drones hit the Al-Anad military base, which is in the hands of the Saudi-led coalition. The event caused the death of at least 30 soldiers and injured another 60 people.
The Saudis also blamed the Houthi rebels for the incident. However, the Yemeni group has not spoken on any of the occasions.
Since the war began in Yemen, following the incursion of the military coalition in 2015, the Houthis have used drones on multiple occasions to attack Saudi-controlled air bridges and oil facilities, both on Yemeni territory and in Saudi Arabia. In the latter country, the attacks by the rebels have focused on the cities of Abha and Jizan, both very close to Yemen.
For its part, the Saudi-led coalition is internationally accused of carrying out bombardments in Yemen against non-military targets such as hospitals and weddings. The result has been the death of hundreds of civilians in the most impoverished nation in the Middle East.
The war of more than 16 years has caused nearly 233,000 deaths, including 131,000 from indirect causes exacerbated by the armed conflict, such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The agency warns that Yemen has returned to “alarming levels of food insecurity and acute malnutrition,” mainly due to lack of income that worsened in the middle of the war.
With AP and Reuters