Houthi attack on Abha airport: 3 women, 2 children among 26 hurt

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Houthi attack on Abha airport: 3 women, 2 children among 26 hurt
12 June 2019

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RIYADH — Three women and two children were among 26 people injured in a projectile attack on arrivals hall at Abha International Airport by the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias early Wednesday morning.

Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, said eight people with moderate injuries were transferred to hospital while 18 were treated at the site for minor injuries.

The airport lounge was also damaged, he said.

Among the injured women one each is from Yemen, India and Saudi Arabia. The two injured children are Saudis.

Malki said military and security forces were working to determine the type of projectile used in the terrorist attack.

The Houthi militias claimed through their media full responsibility for the terrorist attack saying a cruise missile was used.

This constitutes a clear recognition and full responsibility for targeting civilians and civilian objects that are subject to special protection under international humanitarian law.

This could amount to a war crime.

This attack also proves the terrorist militia’s acquisition of new special weapons, the continuation of the Iranian regime's support and practice of cross-border terrorism, and the continued violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231.

Col. Malki stressed that in the face of the Houthi militias’ terrorist attacks as well as their violations, the Command of Joint Forces of the Coalition will take urgent and timely measures to deter the terrorist militias and ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects.

In addition, terrorist operatives responsible for the planning and execution of this terrorist attack will be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.

 

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Houthi militia target Abha airport in Saudi Arabia

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June 12, 2019

  • Cruise missile attack injures 26 civilians
  • Air traffic back to normal at airport

DUBAI: The Iran-backed Houthi militia targeted Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia, which injured 26 civilians, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition said on Wednesday.

The attack took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Saudi Press Agency reported from a statement given by Col. Turki Al-Maliki.

The attack resulted in the injury of 26 civilians of different nationalities, including three women (Yemeni, Indian, Saudi) and two Saudi children. At least 18 were admitted to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and at least six have been discharged.

Civil aviation authorities later said that airport operations and air traffic have resumed normally.

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The Yemeni government said that only the military action will end Houthi terrorism, Al-Arabiya TV has reported.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also condemned the Houthi criminal act and called on all to similarly condemn the attack, Al-Arabiya TV also reported.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, meanwhile, in an Arabic Twitter post, said the that “Houthi attack on Abha airport is an act of terrorism and a serious escalation on the use of Iranian weapons.”



استهداف الاٍرهاب الحوثي لمطار أبها الدولي هو تصعيد خطير تم بسلاح إيراني و أدى الى وقوع إصابات بين الأبرياء . المطلوب هو موقف دولي واضح و صارم تجاه الاٍرهاب الحوثي و الدعم الايراني المتوفر له #استهداف_مطار_أبها
— خالد بن ‏أحمد (@khalidalkhalifa) June 12, 2019


Al-Maliki said that the military and security forces were working to determine the type of weapon used for the attack.

The Houthi militia claimed full responsibility for the attack through an announcement on a Houthi-affiliated television channel, Al-Masirah, where they said a cruise missile was used.

Al-Maliki concluded his statement by stressing that the leadership of coalition condemns the acts of terrorism and immoral violations committed by the Houthi militia against civilians.

He added that the coalition will take urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of civilians.

 

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Bahrain FM: Attack on Abha Airport Dangerous Escalation through Iran Arms
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

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Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. (AFP)

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Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa condemned on Wednesday the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for attacking Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport.

In a tweet, he slammed the attack as a “dangerous escalation through Iranian weapons.”

He called for a “firm and clear international stance against Houthi terrorism and Iran’s support for it.”

The Saudi-led Arab coalition had announced earlier on Wednesday that a Houthi projectile targeted the Abha airport, leaving 26 people wounded.

 

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Arab World Condemns ‘Dangerous’ Attack against Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019



The Arab world condemned on Wednesday the terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for against Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport.

The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Ministry strongly denounced the attack that utilized military projectile capabilities, which it deemed as new evidence of the Houthis’ hostile and terrorist tendencies that seek to undermine security and stability in the region.

"The UAE renews its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its stand with Riyadh in a unified step against any threat to the security and stability of the Kingdom and supports all measures taken by Saudi Arabia in the face of extremism and terrorism to maintain its security of its citizens and expatriate residents," read a statement carried by the UAE news agency (WAM).

"The security of the UAE and Saudi Arabia is indivisible," it noted, adding, "any threat or danger to the Kingdom's security is considered a threat to UAE's security and stability."

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa slammed the attack as a “dangerous escalation through Iranian weapons.”

He called for a “firm and clear international stance against Houthi terrorism and Iran’s support for it.”

Kuwait denounced the attack as a “dangerous escalation,” voicing its support to whatever measures Saudi Arabia takes in protecting its security and stability.

Egypt slammed the assault, saying attacks against airports are “flagrant violations of all international laws and norms.”

Its Foreign Ministry called on the international community to confront destabilizing terrorist acts.

The legitimate Yemeni government condemned the Abha attack, saying: “The Houthis only understand the language of weapons and force.”

The Arab coalition and legitimacy have no choice but to resort to the military option to end the Houthi terrorism, said government spokesman Rajeh Badi.

Lebanese Prime Minister said the criminal act confirms that efforts were still underway to target the security and stability of the Kingdom. He also voiced his solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the “criminal and dangerous” assault, saying Palestine stands by Saudi Arabia, its King, government and people in confronting such attacks.

The Gulf Cooperation Council strongly deplored the attack, which Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani described as a "terrorist" crime that runs counter to the international humanitarian law.

He denounced the targeting of the populated areas and civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia.

He noted that the act is clear evidence of the Houthi militias' violation of all Islamic values and international laws, according to a statement carried by WAM.

He called on the international community to denounce such aggressive crimes committed by the Houthis against the civilian areas in the kingdom.

He also urged the UN Security Council to put an end to continued attacks carried out by the Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia, saying this is a clear threat to regional security and peace.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition had announced earlier on Wednesday that a Houthi projectile targeted the Abha airport, leaving 26 people wounded.

 

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UN: Terrorist attack on Abha Airport poses threat to regional security
June 13, 2019

Dubai: The United Nations has expressed its concern over the terrorist attack carried out by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Abha International Airport.

In a press conference, UN spokesman Farhan Haq described the attack as a serious threat to regional security and undermining the political process in Yemen led by the United Nations.

The United Nations is deeply concerned about the attack, deputy Haq told reporters in New York.
“We urge all parties to prevent any such further incidents, which risk escalating the current situation, pose a serious threat to national and regional security and undermine the UN-led political process,” Haq said.

A missile terror attack by Yemen’s Iran-backed Al Houthi targeted a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, injuring at least 26 and triggering a sharp warning from the Saudi-led military coalition that it would respond firmly.

Evidence points to Iranian Revolutionary Guards supplying Al Houthis with the weapons to target the kingdom, Al Arabiya TV quoted the coalition as saying.

A coalition statement said three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities. It added the attack could amount to a war crime. “This attack also proves this terrorist militia’s acquisition of new special weapons; the continuation of the Iranian regime’s support and practice of cross-border terrorism...” the coalition’s English-language statement said. The attack follows an armed drone strike last month on two oil-pumping stations in the kingdom that were claimed by the militia.

The UAE has condemned the Al Houthi terror attack, saying it was new proof of the militia’s hostile and terrorist approaches that seek to undermine regional security and stability.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation renewed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia and its support for all measures taken to thwart any threat to the security and stability of the kingdom.

Egypt said it was standing by Saudi Arabia following the attack, saying it would “defy any attempt to target” the kingdom. Bahrain branded the missile strike a terrorist and cowardly criminal act against innocent civilians.

Al Houthis have previously targeted Saudi cities with drones and missiles, most of which have been intercepted. In March 2018 an Egyptian was killed in Riyadh by missile shrapnel.

 

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