Twelve Wounded as Saudis Destroy Drone Near Airport

Travelers hurt by debris after shoot-down

Twelve people, mostly civilians, were wounded at Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport when air defenses destroyed an incoming drone, sending debris down onto people.

Yemen’s Houthis confirmed it was their drone that was headed to the airport. They say that the drone was sent to hit a military target. Many injured in the explosion were foreign travelers.

The US was quick to condemn the incident as a “terrorist attack,” vowing US support for Saudi Arabia going forward. US officials also reiterated support for the UAE.

Increased Saudi airstrikes against northern Yemen have the Houthis increasingly eager to target sites within Saudi Arabia. Besides securing US backing, the Saudi response will likely be further escalation.

Author: Jason Ditz

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