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Houthi missile strike on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport wounds 26
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Saudi-led coalition says missile struck arrivals hall of airport in town of Abha in kingdom's southwest. [200km from Yemen border]

Yemen's Houthis have fired a missile at Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, wounding 26 civilians in the building's arrivals hall, according to the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting the rebels. In a statement on Wednesday, the coalition said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport, causing material damage. 

Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said. Eight people were taken to hospital while most were treated on site.

The attack could amount to a war crime and proved that the Houthis have acquired "advanced weapons from Iran", the coalition said, vowing to take "urgent and timely" measures in response. 

Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah TV reported that the Houthi forces launched a cruise missile attack on Abha airport, which is about 200km north of the border with Yemen and serves domestic and regional routes. 


The rebels on Wednesday insisted they had the right to defend themselves in the face of five years of Saudi-led bombing and air and sea blockade. "The continuation of the aggression and siege on Yemen for the fifth year, the closure of Sanaa airport and the rejection of a political solution make it inevitable for our people to defend themselves," Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said in a statement reported by al-Masirah.

"The Houthis … are saying these kind of attacks are revenge for Saudi Arabia’s escalation and their attacks on civilian areas over the past four years," al-Attab said from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. 
"They have killed so many civilians; this brutal war has even targeted weddings, funerals, markets and hospitals," he added. 

Hussain Bukhati, a pro-Houthi journalist, told Al Jazeera the missile attack was part of a move by the group to target the coalition with "eye-for-an-eye" attacks, adding Houthi forces in Sanaa still had "many surprise" attacks planned. Bukhati said the cruise missile was used in the airport attack was the second use of such a missile by the Houthis after the group deployed one last year to hit a nuclear power station being constructed in the UAE.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/h...51880.html

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This one is a much shorter range attack than the one aimed at the UAE. It will be interesting to see what missile was used.
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(06-12-2019, 05:45 PM)AmirPatriot Wrote: This one is a much shorter range attack than the one aimed at the UAE. It will be interesting to see what missile was used.
Looks like the same one they used in 2017, i.e. soumar? But Iran said soumar has 700km range, that's not long enough to reach UAE...
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In 2017 there possible was modified variant with greatly reduced warhead and increased fuel tank.. Perhaps that is why the launch was unsuccessful.
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(06-15-2019, 06:20 PM)Navigator Wrote: In 2017 there possible was modified variant with greatly reduced warhead and increased fuel tank.. Perhaps that is why the launch was unsuccessful.
considering how much problems Iran had previously with 700km range soumar then I am not surprised that if Houthis tried to fire it 2000km+ then it failed also!

but a few months ago Iran said it fixed its problems, unveiled Hozeiveh, and now Houthis have a clear successful launch...  Smile
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Update: New Houthi attack on the same Abha Airport (200km from border) reported today by the Arab Coalition.

Arab Coalition reporting it killed 1 individual and injured 7 others.

This time an armed drone was used (probably Qasef).

"Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said a suspected drone hit the parking lot in Abha airport, which is about 200 km (125 miles) north of the Yemen border and serves domestic and regional routes".

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/yemen-s-hou...s/45050824
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(06-12-2019, 05:45 PM)AmirPatriot Wrote: This one is a much shorter range attack than the one aimed at the UAE. It will be interesting to see what missile was used.
Arab Coalition have said it was Ya Ali cruise missile (small 200kg warhead could explain limited damage?)


From the video (I think of the first cruise missile attack against UAE) it looked much more like Soumar class than Ya Ali, but maybe this was different missile (it was successful for one) or a special variant
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Update: ANOTHER NEW Houthi attack on the same Abha Airport reported today by the Arab Coalition (01/07).

9 civilians injured, 8 Saudis and 1 Indian.

This was believed to a drone attack.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/houth...injuring-9
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Update: New Houthi attack on Abha Airport AND Jizan Airport (04/07/2019).

Video of impact of strike at Abha airport (not clear if Qasef-2K drone or another Ya Ali/Soumar cruise missile): https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status...4833431562 [no tool to embed Tweets on here?]

Houthis claimed they destroyed Patriot battery using Badr-1P missile.

Abha Airport was attacked in multiple waves, and explosions were reported at both Abha and Jizan airports.

All flights in/out of Abha/Jizan airports were delayed/diverted.

KSA said they intercepted at least some of the drones over Jizan.

Houthis said they had capability to escalate further.


EDIT: Looks like the Badr-1P missile attack was in Marib (Yemen), not in KSA. Houthis say they took out a Patriot battery in Marib via a drone then attacked a "large gathering" of Yemeni/coalition troops with the Badr-1P. Both Jizan and Abha airports were also targeted.
  


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