'Yemen's Houthi militia launched fresh attacks on 2 Saudi airports'

Sanaa, Feb 15 (IANS): The Yemeni Houthi militia on Monday said that they have launched new cross-border attacks on two Saudi airports in southwestern the kingdom, using three bomb-laden drones.

"Our drone air force carried out attacks on Jeddah International Airport and Abha International Airport, forcing them to suspend air traffic for two hours," Yahya Sarea, spokesman of the Houthi militia, said in a statement aired by the militia-run al-Masirah television.

"The attacks were in response to the escalation by the Saudi-led coalition," he added.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition has made no comment yet on the militia's claim, Xinhua reported.

Last week, the Houthis attacked the Abha airport, causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire, no injuries were reported, said the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015 to support Hadi's government.



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