Aug 31, 2021 13:37 UTC
  • Saudi Arabia says 8 injured in drone attack on Abha airport

Saudi Arabia says several people have been injured when a bomb-laden drone targeted Abha airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwest on Tuesday.

In a statement carried by al-Ekhbariya television channel, the regime said following an earlier drone strike, “A second drone attempting to attack Abha International Airport was intercepted and shot down.”

It said eight people had sustained injuries and a “civilian” plane had also been damaged.

According to the network, the Saudi regime intercepted the drone, causing shrapnel to hit parts of the airport near the runway.

It added that flights had been temporarily halted "to ensure the safety of incoming and departing aircraft, as well as civilians at the airport".

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Saudi regime blamed it on the Yemeni Ansarullah movement.

According to the statement, the attack was the second to target the airport in the last 24 hours.

Military positions in the airport have been a frequent target of Yemeni drones over the past months. Yemen’s army and Popular Committees regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi-led aggression on their country.