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Yemen war: Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport 'injures 26'

Yemen war: Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport 'injures 26'

The Iran-aligned Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack in a broadcast on their Al-Masirah television network, saying they had fired a cruise missile at the airport, roughly 125 miles north of Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says 26 people have been wounded as Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted an airport in kingdom's southwestern town of Abha. Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said.

Eighteen of those injured were admitted to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and at least six have been discharged.

Saudi Arabia's civil aviation authority said on Wednesday afternoon that air traffic had returned to normal at the airport.

Twenty-six passengers were injured when a cruise missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthis hit the arrivals hall at the Abha International Airport.

"It also proves that these terrorist militias have received new weapons, and that the Iranian regime continues its support and practice of cross-border terrorism and the continuing violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231".

According to a statement issued by the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen and signed by its spokesman, Colonel Turki Almalki, the alleged attack occurred at 02:21 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Malki described the incident as a "terrorist attack" on a civilian target which could be considered a "war crime".

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Rouhani indicated that Japan would like to continue buying Iranian oil, which is now penalized by several layers of U.S. sanctions, although it is unclear whether Japan intends to go forward with the purchases.

The Saudi-led military coalition has vowed to respond firmly to the attack at the Abha airport.

"We must condemn these violations and hold the global community responsible for failing to support and help the government to battle the militias".

The rebels said they had targeted the King Khalid airbase near Khamis Mushait.

A cruise missile is capable of clear recognition and can target civilians and civilian objects that are subject to special protection under global humanitarian law.

The attack on Wednesday comes as Japan's prime minister is expected in Iran to mediate between Tehran and Washington amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf regions.

It has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million Yemenis - more than two-thirds of the population - in need of aid.