Fourth Houthi Attack Targets Abha Airport, Saudi Arabia Responds With Threats

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Fourth Houthi Attack Targets Abha Airport, Saudi Arabia Responds With Threats

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

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On February 14 morning, Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport came under another attack by the Houthis (Ansar Allah).

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that a Qasef-2K and a Samad-3 drones targeted the airport, which is located in the Kingdom’s southern province of ‘Asir.

The Samad-3 has a range of more than 1,500km, while the range of the Qasef-2K is limited to 150 km. The Houthis claim that both drones are being produced locally.

“The attack is a natural and legitimate response to the aggressor’s [Saudi-led coalition] aerial escalation and its total siege on our country [Yemen],” Brig. Gen. Sari said in a statement, in which he also warned Saudi civilians from approaching facilities used for military purposes.

From its side, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that both drones were successfully intercepted by its air-defense forces. This is yet to be confirmed.

Following the attack, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said that targeting civilians in the Kingdom are a “red line.” Speaking to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV, Col. al-Malki threatened the Houthis with a fierce response.

“The coalition is responding by targeting Houthi militia fighters and leaders, not in an indiscriminately manner,” the spokesman said.

This was the fourth attack by the Houthis on Abha International Airport this week. The airport was attacked with suicide drones on February 10, 12 and 13.

Despite the recent attacks by the Houthis, Saudi Arabia appears to be determined to go on with its war on Yemen. For the last five years, the costly war brought nothing but criticism and military failures for the Kingdom.

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