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Several Houthi rebels killed and injured in Al-Dhale
07 June 2019
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A number of Houthi militiamen were killed and injured on Friday during clashes with national army in the north of Al-Dhale province.

The clashes broke out after the Houthi militia tried to sneak into army’s positions in Morais district, but were beaten and forced to flee.

 

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Army launches military operation, liberates key areas in Hajjah
08 June 2019
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National Army forces backed by Arab coalition have launched Saturday morning a large-scale military operation, controlling important sites in Hajjah province northwestern of the country.

The villages of Alkos, Gibran, Bani Awaid, Hajaurah, Al-Matryeh, Al-Kdmyh, El-Hajar”,”Al-Mashaybeh, and Beni-Fardh located between Harad and Medi districts, were liberated by army.

Al-Naseem farmers, which is about 10 kilometres, taken by the militia as a barracks for its militants were also freed during the operation.

The army has cut militia’s supply line connects between Medi and Harad north of the province.

Meanwhile, coalition fighters bombed Houthi militia sites and reinforcements in the same area.

Army’s engineering teams have removed large quantities of mines and improvised explosive devices planted by the coup militia in the former areas.

Even now, the military operation still ongoing, leaving scores killed and injured among the Houthi rebels, as well as the destruction of a number of its affiliated mechanisms.

 

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Houthi militia shells residential neighborhoods in Hodiedah
08 June 2019
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The Iran-back Houthi militia launched intensive and indiscriminate shelling on residential neighborhoods in the western province of Hodeidah.

Local sources told September Net that the Houthi rebels stationed in the south and east of Tohaita district launched heavy artillery shelling on populated neighborhoods inside the city.

“The militia’s shelling resulted in serious damage to a number of houses, causing a state of great panic among the citizens, mostly women and children”, according to the sources.

 

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Official in Marib Slams Targeting Yemen’s Central Bank Governor
9 June, 2019

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The meetings held between Marib province’s current leadership and the successive leaders of the Central Bank of Yemen in the interim capital, Aden, tackled completing the remaining technical procedures for networking between the branch and the main center, according to an official source in the local authority in Marib.

The latest meeting, the source confirmed, was held with the current Governor, Hafez Mead, on May 31.

The bank’s leadership was requested to send its technical team as the local authority will provide all necessary facilitation.

Saba news agency quoted him as saying that targeting the Governor at this sensitive stage aims at disrupting the recovery of the national economic system.

“The fury Houthi campaigns targeting Mead revealed the apparent harmony between leaders of the Houthi coup and some of those promoting the group,” he added.

The source also pointed to the statement published by Mead on his official page on Saturday, in which he mentioned re-linking and collecting revenues of the bank’s branch in Marib and linking them directly to the central headquarters.

He explained that the Mead’s statement was wrongly interpreted as explained by the Governor himself.

The source confirmed that Marib and its leadership have been working hard since the coup to maintain the state institutions, and particularly the central bank and national companies.

The Central Bank’s branch also worked to support Yemen’s governorates in Aden and Saba’s regions and parts of Azal province, the source stressed, adding that it also played its national role in accordance with the directives of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the government.

He said the government has an account to which all revenues are credited, stressing that this branch continues to operate according to the Central Bank’s system and without changing the procedures in force.

 

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UN Attempts to Whitewash Griffiths’ Actions
9 June, 2019


UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (File photo: EPA)

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The United Nations and its Secretary General Antonio Guterres are seeking to whitewash UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ actions after the legitimate government in Yemen accused him of bias in implementing the Swedish agreement and the redeployment in Hodeidah and its ports.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will visit Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday to meet with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and other officials to discuss the situation with Griffiths, news agencies reported.

During her visit to Riyadh, DiCarlo will meet with “Saudi and Yemeni officials to discuss regional peace and security issues, including the situation in Yemen,” announced the UN.

The legitimate government and Yemeni activists stepped up their rhetoric against the envoy and accused him of bias towards Houthis and attempting to legitimize the Houthis’ security forces, which the militias claimed would take over the security and management of ports after their withdrawal.

The Yemeni campaign culminated three weeks ago with a letter sent by the Yemeni President to the Sec-Gen confirming the accusations against Griffiths and demanding a review of his performance, a message to which the UN Secretary-General responded by asserting his confidence in the UN envoy.

However, the ongoing campaign prompted Guterres to send his political assistance to Riyadh to meet Hadi in an attempt to whitewash Griffiths’ actions and reassure the legitimacy that the latter will abide by his mission.

The President sent a letter to UN Sec-Gen accusing Griffiths of bias towards Houthis, saying he worked to provide Houthis guarantees to stay in Hodeidah port under UN umbrella.

“We will give a final and final opportunity to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Martin Griffiths, to confirm his commitment to the three terms of reference in all his efforts and to enforce the Stockholm Agreement,” the letter read.

“I also want to stress that I can not accept the excesses that your Special Envoy is offering and that threaten to break the chances of a solution that the people are looking for,” he said.

The Sec-Gen responded to Hadi saying that the international organization will spare no effort to maintain Sweden agreements.

“I can also assure you that the United Nations has no intention of establishing an international administration in Hodeidah,” said Guterres.

Griffiths is expected to present his briefing on June 17 where he is likely to report that progress is being achieved in the implementation of the Sweden Agreement, even though the government delegation of the UN mission to monitor the deal, led by Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, suspended meetings with the Envoy in protest against abuses in the implementation of unilateral redeployment.

Yemeni officials assert that the Swedish agreement means the withdrawal of Houthi militias while government forces and legitimate local authorities manage and secure the Hodeidah port.

Houthis say that the agreement provides international monitoring over the ports and the redeployment process only. Regarding the city and the three ports, the militias believe they must remain under its security and administrative control, as stated in previous statements of its leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi.

Yemeni government accuses Griffiths and Lollesgaard of trying to break the solution in Hodeidah, while the militias continue to consolidate their forces in various areas of Hodeidah and its southern countryside.

Meanwhile, Houthi militias refused to grant entry visas to their areas for about 60 UN observers sent by the Security Council.

Houthis also seek to persuade the UN to transfer the inspection and verification mechanism of vessels and goods arriving in Yemen from Djibouti port to Hodeidah port itself, which is seen by the legitimate government as a step to facilitate the smuggling of weapons.

Many observers believe the UN Envoy will not be able to lead the negotiation phase of a comprehensive political and military solution, which will not be initiated, according to legitimacy, unless measures to establish trust and good intentions of Sweden’s agreement are established.


 

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Saudi air defense forces intercept 2 Houthi drones
June 11, 2019
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This January 10, 2019 file photo shows an image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV shows the moment a drone exploded above Yemen's al-Anad airbase in in the government-held southern province of Lahj. (File/AFP)

  • The drones were targeted at Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Khamis Mushayt
  • Coalition forces raid Houthi positions in northwestern Yemen
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down two weaponized drones launched by Houthis from Yemen toward the city of Khamis Mushayt, a spokesman for the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said early Tuesday.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the attack was part of the continuing attempt by “Houthi terrorists” to target civilian installations in Saudi Arabia.

The statement gave no further details.
Houthi-run Masirah TV reported earlier on Monday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement had carried out attacks on an airbase near Khamis Mushayt.

Coalition forces raid Houthi positions
In Yemen, coalition fighters intensified overnight air strikes on Houthi positions in the districts of Abes and Haradh in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

According to the Yemeni Ministry of Defense website, September Net, the air raids targeted the Houthi concentrations west of Haradh city and destroyed the vehicles of
the militia.

The fighters also targeted a vehicle carrying a number of Houthi fighters in the governorate of Abs.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia threw its support behind the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in early 2015 amid attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis.

 

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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

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  • 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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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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Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemeni capital after Abha attack
Strikes come just one day after an Al Houthi terrorist attack injures 26
June 13, 2019

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Dubai: The Saudi-led coalition launched several strikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Thursday.
This comes just one day after an Al Houthi missile attack on Abha airport in Saudi Arabia injured 26.

The terrorist attack was widely condemned and dubbed as a war crime by the coalition.

It vowed a swift and firm response to the attack.

On Thursday, UAE minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, criticised the Iran-backed Al Houthi militants in Yemen.

The split nature of the Houthi militia is evident; playing a local role when negotiating a political process in Yemen & puppets & proxies when targeting Saudi civilians. A position complicating the Yemen crisis & impeding the march to peace.
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Air strikes hit around Yemen's capital: TV, residents
June 13, 2019

ADEN (Reuters) - Planes from the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen bombed areas around the capital Sanaa on Thursday, residents and the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said.

On Wednesday, the coalition vowed to respond firmly to a Houthi missile attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia that wounded 26 people.

Masirah said there had been raids on three sites, including military targets belonging to Houthi forces, on the outskirts of Sanaa.

Residents told Reuters the strikes had targeted military camps west and north of the city.

There was no immediate confirmation from the coalition about the strikes.

The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim coalition has been battling the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since 2015, when it intervened to try to restore the internationally recognized government that was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014.

Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Aden and Sylvia Westall and Lisa Barrington in Dubai; Editing by Kevin Liffey

 

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UAE to build power plant in Aden
Project part of the UAE’s continued efforts to enhance power grid in Aden

Published: June 12, 2019
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Abu Dhabi: The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation yesterday signed an agreement with the Electricity and Energy Ministry of the Republic of Yemen to set up a power plant in Aden.

The project, which cost $100 million is part of the UAE’s continued efforts to enhance the power grid in the southern Yemeni city.
Around 2.5 million Yemeni citizens are expected to benefit from the plan.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Foundation by Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Vice President of the Khalifa Foundation, and Dr. Najeeb Al-Awaj, Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation.

Dr. Moeen Abdulmalik, Yemeni Prime Minister, and Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, attended the signing ceremony.

Al Zaabi added that the decision has been taken in accordance with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Foundation.

Al Zaabi stressed the deep brotherly ties between the UAE and Yemen, emphasising the desire of the UAE’s leadership to stand by the brothers in Yemen in their current difficult circumstances.

For his part, Dr. Najeeb Al-Awaj thanked the leadership of the UAE and the Khalifa Foundation for their generous support to the Yemeni people. He said, “It is not strange for our Emirati brothers, whose blood is mixed with the blood of our Yemeni people, to support Yemen in various development and relief fields .”

Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, Director-General of the Khalifa Foundation, told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that as per the agreement, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation will supply, install, and operate a 120 MW gas turbine plant with associated power network. It is due to be operational by late 2019.

 

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Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five Houthi drones aimed at Asir region
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June 14, 2019

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's air defense forces shot down five drones launched by Houthi terrorists against targets in the Kingdom's southern border region of Asir, a spokesman of the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said early Friday.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the drones were targeted at Abha international airport and the city of Khamis Mushayt on Thursday night.

"Air traffic and airspace at Abha International Airport are operating normally, and there is no delay in flights and passenger traffic," Al-Maliki said.

He said that "the Houthi terrorist militia is trying to target civilian facilities in desperate and repeated attempts, without achieving any of their irresponsible and hostile objectives."

"These drones were exposed and dropped. We stress on our legitimate right to take appropriate deterrence measures, with such hostile acts and in conformity with international humanitarian law and its customary rules," he said.

It was the second drone attack by the Iran-backed Houthis on Khamis Mushayt in four days. Last Monday, Saudi air defense forces shot down two drones launched toward the city.

 

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Yemen's Houthi rebels claim fresh drone attack on Saudi airport
Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-14 |Editor: Li Xia

SANAA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for fresh drone attacks on Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the group's al-Masirah TV reported early Friday.

The group said Friday that it has launched several drone strikes against the airport in a tit-for-tat move following a series of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition against the capital Sanaa.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that the Saudi air defence forces intercepted and destroyed five bomb-laden drones launched by Houthi militias to Abha airport and border city Khamis Mushait in the same region earlier in the day.

"The airport and the air traffic were operating normally," Turki Al Maliki, spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition, was quoted by Al Arabiya television as saying.

It was the second attack on the airport since a cruise missile was fired at the airport on Wedensday, which wounded 26 people, including three women and two children.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have led the coalition against Houthis for years in support of Yemen's internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

 

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