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World: Saudi Arabia: Houthis attack on an airport, an airliner destroyed

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A commercial plane caught fire at Abha airport, in southern Saudi Arabia, this Wednesday, following an attack by Yemeni rebels Houthis . The blaze has been brought under control, state television said, citing the coalition that has supported the Yemeni government since 2015 and which is led by Saudi Arabia. The type of attack carried out was not specified, but the coalition earlier said it intercepted two armed drones led by the Houthis in southern Saudi Arabia. The airliner was parked at the airport, which has already been targeted several times by the Houthis.

“A cowardly attack has been launched by the Houthi terrorist militia against Abha International Airport. A plane on the ground suffered a fire, which was brought under control, ”the television said. “Necessary measures have been taken to protect civilians”. "Targeting Abha Airport is a war crime and endangers the lives of civilian travelers," the channel added, citing the coalition.

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The official target was a parking lot for military planes.

The Yemeni Houthi rebels immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming they had targeted a "military objective". "According to their spokesperson, four of their drones targeted the military aircraft parking areas at Abha Airport," which is used for military purposes to target the Yemeni people. "

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The Houthi “minister” of Foreign Affairs had said Tuesday in Sana'a that insurgent operations targeting Saudi Arabia were being carried out in response to Saudi air force raids in Yemen. “I have a message to the new US administration and the Saudis: Stop your attacks and we will stop our attacks on you . It’s that simple, ”Hicham Charaf said. According to him, the rebels intervened in the region of Marib, a bastion of power, against "movements of extremist groups" which came to strengthen the forces loyal to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Saudi air force intervened against the rebels and "we found ourselves obliged to retaliate," he said.

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On Sunday and Monday, the coalition led by Saudi Arabia announced the interception of two drones fired from Yemen. The United States on Sunday called on the Houthis "to immediately cease attacks on civilian areas inside Saudi Arabia and to end any further military offensive in Yemen." France called on them Tuesday to put an end to their "destabilizing actions", saying "very concerned" by their offensive on Marib and denouncing "the ongoing escalation, both in Yemen and against Arabia. Arabia ”.

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