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EOS Alerts 2-7-2019

Saudi Arabia: Houthi Rebels Hit Abha Airport for the Third Time in A Month

On 2 July at approximately 0035 LT, the Saudi-led coalition confirmed that a Yemeni Houthi military-grade weaponised drone attack successfully targeted Abha Airport (OEAB/AHB) in Asir Province. Media reporting has indicated that the attack targeted the land-side car park area of the airport and resulted in at least 9 casualties. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported “The terrorist attack on Abha airport ... led to the injury of nine civilians, including eight Saudi citizens and one carrying an Indian passport." Saudi owned Al-Arabiya TV said Abha Airport has resumed flights.

On 1 July, the Arab coalition also reported that they intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by Houthi militia from Sanaa, targeting Saudi territories. Col. Turki al-Maliki said that the drone was intercepted and destroyed in Yemeni airspace at 0907 LT. No further information.

This latest incident is the third successful attack on Abha airport in less than a month. Previously on 23 June, the Saudi-led coalition confirmed that a Yemeni Houthi rebel military-grade weaponised drone attack targeted the car park in the land-side area of Abha Airport and resulted in the death of one passenger and injured 23 others. On 12 June, the Houthis conducted a claimed cruise missile strike targeting Abha Airport. The Saudi-led coalition confirmed the attack stating the airport's arrivals hall was hit, injuring 26 civilian passengers.

Houthi forces will likely continue to fire missiles, rockets and drones towards targets in Saudi Arabia. Although successful launches are rare, defence 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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