September 23, 2021

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A drone attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia killed eight people

Eight people were injured in a drone attack on Tuesday at Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

The Associated Press and AFP reported that the bombing also damaged a civilian aircraft, referring to local state television.

This is the second attack on the airport in 24 hours. The first of them did not result in injuries to anyone, but parts of the airport near the runway were hit by shrapnel. The suspects in the attack are spouses of Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels.

They described the attack as a war crime

In a statement broadcast by Al-Ishbariya TV, the International Fighting Coalition said that “the second drone that attacked Abha International Airport was intercepted and shot down,” describing the attack as a war crime.

The statement stated that flights from the airport were temporarily suspended in order to “ensure the safety of incoming and departing aircraft as well as civilians at the airport.”

A few days after the attack on the military base

The attack came just days after drones and missiles bombed the largest military base in southern Yemen, home to pro-Saudi alliances. At least 30 Yemeni soldiers were killed and 60 people were wounded.

Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2014, when Shiite goats invaded the capital, Sanaa, and large areas, especially in the north of the country. In 2015, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, along with the internationally recognized Yemeni government, joined the conflict.

The worst humanitarian crisis in the world

According to the United Nations, Yemen is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The war there has already killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. About 80 percent of the local population of 30 million depend on humanitarian aid.

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While the United Nations calls for an end to the war, the Hausas are making any ceasefire or negotiations conditional on the reopening of Sanaa airport, which has been closed since 2016 due to the blockade of Saudi Arabia.

The new UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, will formally assume his duties on September 5.