10 Injured After Houthi Drone Attack at King Abdullah Airport in Saudi Arabia's Jazan - Reports
20:03 GMT 08.10.2021 (Updated: 23:35 GMT 08.10.2021)
This comes after Houthis launched an explosive-laden UAV towards Abha International Airport in the Kingdom's southwestern Asir Province, injuring four airport employees.
An explosive-laden drone, reportedly fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels, has struck the King Abdullah International Airport in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition announced on late Friday.
Initial reports suggested there were at least five injured as a result of the attack, but state media later raised that number to 10.
Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki, the official spokesman for the coalition forces, said via state media that there have been minor injuries among passengers and airport workers, adding that the incident is being followed up by the requisite authorities.
First pictures allegedly showing the aftermath of the attack have emerged on social media.
The Houthis often use drones with explosives to attack Saudi border areas.
Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels for several years, with the Houthi movement taking control of large parts in the country's north.
3 October 2021, 12:48 GMT
Since March 2015, the Saudi-led Arab alliance, working in cooperation with Hadi's forces, has been conducting air, land and sea operations against the rebels, who control the capital of Sanaa and large areas in northern and western Yemen. By 2019, the conflict was deemed a military stalemate.
At the same time, the developments have been largely described as a proxy war between Iran and Saudia Arabia. The two regional powers have been vying for political and economic influence in the region while avoiding serious confrontations.