RIYADH, June 12 (Bernama) -- A projectile fired by Houthi militia hit the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province, through which thousands of civilian passengers of different nationalities pass daily, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki al-Malki as saying.
A total of 26 civilian passengers of different nationalities were injured by the projectile in the incident that happened early Wednesday morning, including three women (Yemeni, Indian, Saudi) and two Saudi children, Colonel al-Malki said, citing the tally up to the time of the preparation of this statement.
Eight cases were transferred to the hospital for the treatment for moderate injuries, while 18 were treated at the site for minor injuries. There was also some physical damage to the airport lounge.
Colonel Almalki said that the military and security forces are working to determine the type of projectile used in the attack, at a time when the Houthi militia claimed through its media full responsibility for the attack saying it used a cruise missile.
This, he said, constitutes a clear recognition and full responsibility for targeting civilians and civilian objects that are subject to protection under international humanitarian law, and thus could amount to a war crime of targeting civilians and civilian objects in a systematic manner.
Colonel Almalki stressed that in the face of the attacks, the Command of Joint Forces of the Coalition will take urgent and timely measures to deter them, and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects.