Saudi Arabia intercepts 5 Houthi drones in new airport attack

Saudi forces on Friday (June 14th) intercepted five drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah), the Arab coalition said, in a second assault on an airport in the kingdom's south-west in two days.

The drones targeted Abha airport, where a Houthi missile on Wednesday left 26 civilians wounded, and the nearby city of Khamis Mushait, which houses a major airbase, the coalition said in a statement released by Saudi state media.

The latest raid comes amid spiralling regional tensions after Washington accused Iran of carrying out attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, the second such incident in a month in the strategic sea lane, AFP reported.

"The royal Saudi air defence force and air force successfully intercepted and destroyed five unmanned drone aircraft launched by Houthi militia towards Abha international airport and Khamis Mushait," the coalition statement said, without reporting any casualties.

The airport was operating normally with no fights disrupted, the statement added.

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