Yemen’s Houthi rebels say their drone targeted Saudi Arabia airport
May 25 2019
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched a drone attack on Saudi Arabia'sNajran airport, the group's Al Masirah TV said early on Wednesday. The group called the claim a tactic by Saudi Arabia to rally support for its war.
Dave DeCamp is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US Foreign policy and wars.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were attacked by drones.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, statement said that the attempt to target the Holy City of Makkah during Ramadan represented a serious escalation and showed the unprecedented moral bankruptcy of these militias.
On Tuesday, Saudi-led coalition's spokesman Turkie al-Maleki said a vital civilian facility in Najran was targeted with a drone carrying explosives.
Najran, 840 kilometers southwest of Riyadh, is near the Saudi-Yemen border and has repeatedly been targeted by the Iran-allied Houthis.
The summits will be held amid heightened tension between the US and Iran with Washington deploying a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Middle East, citing an imminent threat from Iran. Tehran denied responsibility for the strikes.
The deal was stalled for months before a unilateral Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah and two other Red Sea ports 10 days ago.
The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.
The UAE has not blamed anyone pending an investigation. The Houthis, who control the biggest urban centres in Yemen, deny being Iranian puppets and say they are waging a revolution against corruption.