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EOS Alerts 12-6-2019

Saudi Arabia: 26 Injured as Houthi Missile Hits Abha International Airport

On 12 June at 0220 LT, a Yemeni Houthi rebel missile struck Abha Airport (OEAB/AHB) in Saudi Arabia's Asir Province. The Houthi rebels' media arm claimed a cruise missile targeted the airport, striking the control tower and causing operations to be suspended. The Saudi-led coalition has confirmed the attack, stating the airport's arrivals hall was hit, injuring 26 civilian passengers. A spokesman added that the coalition was working to determine the type of projectile used, acknowledging that the Houthis claimed to have used a cruise missile. Operations at Abha Airport continued up to the time of the attack; the majority of subsequent arrivals and departures have been delayed or cancelled, although operations were continuing within a few hours of the attack.”

This latest attack comes days after the interception of two military-grade weaponised drones targeting King Khaled Airbase (OEKM/KMX) in Khamis Mushait, Asir Province.

Houthi forces will likely continue to fire missiles, rockets and drones towards targets in Saudi Arabia. However, successful launches are rare. Saudi defence forces have sound countermeasures in place to intercept projectiles and are typically successful at neutralising threats to civilian or military interests. This said, these systems should never be viewed as completely reliable due to possible technical faults and the potential for human error. Avoid travelling within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, including to the cities of Jizan and Najran and Asir.

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