Drone Attack Wounds 16 in Southern Saudi Airport

Drone was carrying explosives, launched from Saana

Saudi state media is reporting that 16 people were wounded Monday at Jizan’s King Abdullah Airport. A drone loaded with explosives was headed that way, and was intercepted.

The drone came from Yemen, and the Saudis claim it was launched from the Sanaa airport. The Houthis have not commented, but cross-border drones have been an ongoing issue as the war has escalated.

This is the second attack on a Saudi airport this month. In both cases the interception led to a number of civilian casualties.

The previous airport attack was followed by Saudi airstrikes on Yemen cities. That’s always the go-to Saudi response, though such strikes are yet to have begun.

Author: Jason Ditz

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