A civilian airport was attacked by a Yemeni rebel in southern Saudi Arabia hurt nine civilians on Tuesday, a Riyadh-led coalition said, and the latest in a series of attacks on the airport.

“The terrorist attack on Abha airport—led to the injury of nine nationals, including eight Saudi citizens and one carrying an Indian passport,” the military alliance said in a declaration carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Earlier, the Iran—aligned Houthi rebels said, they “launched a wide operation targeted at warplanes at Abha international airport” with drones, according to their Almasirah television channel.

Abha airport has come under frequent missile and drone assaults in the past several weeks. On June 12, a rebel missile attack on Abha airport injured 26 civilians, drawing promises of “stern action” from the Saudi-Emirati coalition.

And on June 23, another rebel attack on Abha airport murdered a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.

Stepped—up assaults

The Houthis have stepped—up assaults in recent weeks against Saudi Arabia, which has been running a bloody military campaign in the Middle East’s poorest country since 2015.

The Houthi rebels took control of vast swaths of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in late 2014, forcing the internationally recognized government of President Abd—Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power.

The raids come amid heightened regional tensions after Washington—a key ally of Riyadh—accused Iran of shooting down a US drone over international waters and of carrying out attacks on oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated—weapons to Houthi rebels, a charge Tehran denies.

Following recent attacks, Saudi state media have reported an intensification of coalition air raids on rebel positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah and the Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

The conflict has murdered tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.

The fighting has started what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced and in need of aid.


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