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29 Aug 2019 | 09:24 PM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Houthis claim attack targeting Abha Airport August 28 /update 1

Saudi Arabia News Alert

Houthi militants claim missile attack targeting Abha International Airport (AHB) on August 28; Saudi authorities confirm attack

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Abha Airport (AHB)

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Event

A Houthi spokesperson claimed that the group launched a cruise missile attack targeting Abha International Airport (AHB) on Wednesday, August 28, allegedly halting flight operations. Saudi officials confirmed that a "hostile projectile" fired by the rebels landed in the airport Wednesday evening (local time). No injuries were sustained in the attack.

Similar Houthi militant attacks targeting Saudi infrastructure and facilities are possible over the coming days and weeks.

Context

Houthi rebels have claimed several missile attacks targeting Saudi facilities and infrastructure since late May 2019. The group has targeted airports in Abha, Jizan, and Najran. A Houthi-claimed missile attack wounded 26 people at the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport (AHB) on June 12. Material damage was also reported.

Reports estimate that Houthi militants have fired over 200 missiles at Saudi Arabia since 2015, when Saudi Arabia began backing the Yemeni government against Houthi separatists in the Yemeni Civil War. Southern Saudi Arabia is a frequent target of Houthi missile attacks, and Riyadh has also seen several missile attacks in the last several months; however, they rarely result in substantial damages or casualties.

Advice

Individuals flying via AHB are advised to monitor developments, confirm flight reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile attack.

 

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