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Published February 10, 2021
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In this frame grab from video, Saudi state television shows an airplane damaged in an attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels at an airport near Abha, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday. — Saudi state television via AP


Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Wednesday targeted an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire, the kingdom’s state television reported, an attack that threatened to escalate Yemen’s grinding war.

No one was hurt in the assault, but the damaged passenger plane at Abha airport served as a powerful reminder of the danger that Houthi rebels pose to Saudi Arabia, which nearly six years ago launched a bombing campaign that has devastated the Arab world’s poorest country.

The Iran-aligned Houthis soon claimed responsibility for the assault, with military spokesman Yehia Sarea stressing that the Houthis consider Abha airport to be a military, not civilian, target.

This targeting comes in response to the continued aerial bombardment and the brutal siege of our country,” Sarea said, adding the group attacked with four bomb-laden drones.

Col Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen, said forces earlier intercepted and destroyed two drones launched by Houthis toward the country’s south. He condemned the assault as a “systematic and deliberate attempt to target civilians”.

The attempt to target Abha airport is a war crime and put civilian travellers’ lives in danger,” the coalition statement said, adding that the aircraft was on the ground at the time and that the fire was brought under control.

Photographs later aired by Saudi state television showed the aircraft, a three-year-old Airbus A320 flown by low-cost carrier FlyADeal. It appeared the drone had punched a hole through its fuselage, with scorch marks on the metal. An anchor on state television said there were no injuries on the ground from the fire. FlyADeal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Since 2015, the Houthis battling the Saudi-led military coalition have targeted international airports, along with military installations and critical oil infrastructure, within Saudi Arabia. The Houthis repeatedly have used drones against Saudi Arabia, including crashing them into the kingdom’s Patriot missile batteries, most recently on Sunday when the coalition said it intercepted five “booby-trapped” drones. Those attacks, often striking near the southern cities of Abha and Jizan, have wounded dozens and killed at least one person in recent years.

As recently as late January, US forces stationed at Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh trained Saudi troops on how to counter the threat posed by drones, which can fly low to the ground, evade radar and detonate against targets in the kingdom.

In November 2017, the Houthis even reached Riyadh’s international airport, deep inside the kingdom. No one was hurt in the attack, which marked the first time that a Houthi missile had come so close to a heavily populated centre. Riyadh is around 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) north of the border with Yemen.

Saudi officials have blamed Iran for providing ballistic missiles to the Houthis used in such attacks against the kingdom. Tehran denies arming the Houthis, despite evidence to the contrary.

The attack late Wednesday afternoon reportedly was the first to impact a civilian aircraft at the facility. Flight-tracking websites showed delayed and cancelled flights scheduled to either take off or land at the airport. Flights at Abha airport resumed some time after the attack.

The US Air Force’s Central Command, based at Al-Udeid Air Base in neighbouring Qatar, declined to comment on the assault.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have accelerated their push to wrest control of Yemen’s oil-rich government stronghold of Marib and escalated their cross-border attacks on the kingdom. On Tuesday, UN envoy Martin Griffiths said he was “extremely concerned” about hostilities in Marib, especially at a time of “renewed diplomatic momentum” to end the war.

Yemen’s war started in 2014, when the rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and other countries, intervened months later to dislodge the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government. The war has killed some 130,000 people and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

President Joe Biden has turned a spotlight on the brutal conflict, declaring last week that the United States would end its support of the Saudi-led military offensive, including “relevant” arms sales. The administration has also moved to lift a terrorist designation against the Houthis, citing the need to mitigate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

But Biden stressed that the US would continue to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against outside attacks, as part of maintaining key security, counterterrorism and military ties with the kingdom, a strategic partner and global oil giant.
 
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Abha and Khamis-Mushayt are like twin cities of ASSIR Region in south. Very scenic areas with lot of greenery and agriculture. The best pomegranate (blood red in color and very sweet n delicious) are produced in this region.
Khamis-Mushayt is a town of military importance (King Khalid Air Base/King Faisal Military City/4th Armoured Brigade were all there).
 

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It is clear iran is provoking saudi through their proxy houthis. This attitude of iran is tje reason no one trusts them. Pakistan should have supported saudi in removing the terrorists.
 

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with what? ground troops? i dont think we should get involved in Yemen, especially not while the Afghanistan front hasnt been settled yet.
With our navy, marines and a squadron of JF17. Would have gained a lot of experience. Also would have got huge support and leverage in GCC. Afghanistan front wont get settled soon, its been decades. We could have settled yemen in a few months.
 
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With our navy, marines and a squadron of JF17. Would have gained a lot of experience. Also would have got huge support and leverage in GCC. Afghanistan front wont get settled soon, its been decades. We could have settled yemen in a few months.
to hell with dying for Arabs when our own borders arent secure and things could get hot there at any time. the Arabs wont die for us. they never even speak for us.
 

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to hell with dying for Arabs when our own borders arent secure and things could get hot there at any time. the Arabs wont die for us. they never even speak for us.
Our borders pretty much secure, see the reduction in terrorism. Its not about arabs or anything, this would have given us immense experience, without spending money. We have no industry or anything, so our military is the main player in foreign relations and alliances.
GCC started supporting india when we denied help in yemen even after decades of help given to us.
 

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This is good publicity. Let the enemy to the people be known and unveiled :yahoo: This puts pressure on Bin Salman hopefully to exit the UN and all it's humantarian bs.. Yemen issues to should be dealt with internal conflict let Yemen and it's people decide the future and defeat evil should be the motto
 

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It is clear iran is provoking saudi through their proxy houthis. This attitude of iran is tje reason no one trusts them. Pakistan should have supported saudi in removing the terrorists.
Pakistan would add next to zero influence on war against Yemen. Sauds want to buy the lives of your soldiers, otherwise you are of no use in Yemen. The block that is attacking Yemen is big already which makes Pakistan the actual nobody in their war scenario. Take a look at this
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Fortunately Pakistani parliament proved the people of Pakistani army soldiers are not worthless cannon fodders of two families in UAE and KSA.

This is what the Western supported animals are doing to Yemeni kids.
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I don't know that you support this blockade on the poorest people of Muslim world but one thing is for sure, their unique oil fields have become a curse to them. West wants them hence war on Yemen.
 

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Pakistan would add next to zero influence on war against Yemen. Sauds want to buy the lives of your soldiers, otherwise you are of no use in Yemen. The block that is attacking Yemen is big already which makes Pakistan the actual nobody in their war scenario. Take a look at this
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Fortunately Pakistani parliament proved the people of Pakistani army soldiers are not worthless cannon fodders of two families in UAE and KSA.

This is what the Western supported animals are doing to Yemeni kids.
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I don't know that you support this blockade on the poorest people of Muslim world but one thing is for sure, their unique oil fields have become a curse to them. West wants them hence war on Yemen.
Cheap propaganda used to circulate on social medias. The houthis are behind the starvation by stealing aides send by the UN if anything this should give them more bad credit
 

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Cheap propaganda used to circulate on social medias. The houthis are behind the starvation by stealing aides
You must be an Indian shit. Man India always produces shit, it wondered me when people called India the shithole of planet earth. But when i see people like you hiding behind some nicknames, it assures me that India is a shithole.
 
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Our borders pretty much secure, see the reduction in terrorism.
if we jump into Yemen, Iran would support shia groups in Pakistan and support the BLA openly. then we would be facing a civil war inside our own territory.

GCC started supporting india when we denied help in yemen even after decades of help given to us.
GCC has always supported India tacitly. us jumping into Yemen wont make the Gulf Arabs grow a pair of balls and support us regarding Kashmir.
This is good publicity. Let the enemy to the people be known and unveiled :yahoo: This puts pressure on Bin Salman hopefully to exit the UN and all it's humantarian bs.. Yemen issues to should be dealt with internal conflict let Yemen and it's people decide the future and defeat evil should be the motto
if your military wasnt so incompetent, the Yemen war would have ended long ago.
Pakistan would add next to zero influence on war against Yemen. Sauds want to buy the lives of your soldiers, otherwise you are of no use in Yemen. The block that is attacking Yemen is big already which makes Pakistan the actual nobody in their war scenario. Take a look at this
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Fortunately Pakistani parliament proved the people of Pakistani army soldiers are not worthless cannon fodders of two families in UAE and KSA.

This is what the Western supported animals are doing to Yemeni kids.
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I don't know that you support this blockade on the poorest people of Muslim world but one thing is for sure, their unique oil fields have become a curse to them. West wants them hence war on Yemen.
as for Iran, dont talk about humanity when Iran was supporting shia death squads targeting sunnis, pre-ISIS, in Iraq and the butcher of Syria called Assad.
 

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GCC has always supported India tacitly. us jumping into Yemen wont make the Gulf Arabs grow a pair of balls and support us regarding Kashmir.


if your military wasnt so incompetent, the Yemen war would have ended long ago.
The Yemeni Gov't controls 80% of Yemen there is not much incompenecy there. When has the GCC supported India? You have to realize India is a GCC client in trade such as oil and gas. There is no reason for them to bash India from that point of view. It is a major purchasing client. You have to keep diplomatic fine line.

if we jump into Yemen, Iran would support shia groups in Pakistan and support the BLA openly. then we would be facing a civil war inside our own territory.
Lmao. Are you threatening Pakistan with sectrian violence? This is the most idiotic post I have ever seen. What are you gonna arm them with Ak-47s any uprising in Pakistan will experience plain sight mauling within days. Don't try that at home
 

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