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Yemen's Houthis Say They Targeted Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport With 'Number of Drones'

© AP Photo / Amr NabilIn this Thursday, 22 August 2019, photo, passengers leave the arrival terminal of Abha Airport.
In this Thursday, 22 August 2019, photo, passengers leave the arrival terminal of Abha Airport. - Sputnik International
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According to a statement made by a Yemeni military spokesperson, the attack targeting Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia came in response "to the continuous escalation of aggression" and "continued siege of the great Yemeni people".

The military spokesperson for the "Ansaru Allah" group, Houthi Brigadier General Yahya Saree, released a statement Tuesday, saying that the Houthis had targeted Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport "at dawn today with a number of Samad 3 drones", noting that the hit was accurate.

"This targeting comes within the framework of the natural response to a continuous escalation of the forces of aggression and their continued siege of the great Yemeni people", Saree tweeted. "And our operations will continue as long as the aggression and blockade continues."

According to the statement, the drone attack led to the airport's disruption for several hours.

​Earlier in the month, Saudi Arabia said it had destroyed several Houthi drones fired towards its territory, according to state media.

Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces and the Houthi rebels for several years, with Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi's request since March 2015.

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