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09 Sep 2020 | 04:34 AM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Houthi rebels claim drones cause damage at Abha International Airport September 9

Saudi Arabia News Alert

Houthi rebels claim their drones hit military targets at Abha International Airport (AHB) on September 9; no Saudi official confirmation

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/9/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/11/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Abha International Airport (AHB)


A military spokesperson for the Yemeni Houthi rebels announced that their drones struck military and sensitive targets at Abha International Airport (ABH) in Saudi Arabia's Asir province early on Wednesday, September 9. The extent of the damage has not been revealed and Saudi authorities have not provided any confirmation on the incident as of Wednesday morning.

Further cross border Houthi attacks targeting Saudi infrastructure and facilities are possible over the near to medium term.


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, 2019. 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.


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 or drone attack.


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