Yemen’s Iranian backed Houthi Rebels launched a deadly drone strike on the Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia killing one and wounding seven others according to a Saudi led coalition who are fighting the rebels inside Yemen.
Almasirah TV, a news outlet run by the Houthi Rebels reported that the Iranian backed rebel group used drones to target the Abha International and Jizan airports in the southern region of Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
“A terrorist attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia took place at Abha international airport … A Syrian national died and seven civilians were wounded,” the Saudi coalition stated via the government backed Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Condemnations across the Suuni board came in with Jordan’s Ambassador Sufian Al-Qudah, stating that “any targeting of the security of Saudi Arabia is aimed at the security of Jordan and the entire region”.
Making a thinly veiled threat, he also stated that”Amman supports all measures taken by the Kingdom to maintain its security and to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”
Kuwait and Afghanistan
Kuwait too said that they stand “by Saudi Arabia and fully supports all necessary measures taken to ensure security and stability of the kingdom.” Afghanistan also condemned the attack but stopped short of supporting retaliation.
Egypt condemned the attack as well. The country’s Foreign Ministry released a statement also supporting retaliation saying “Egypt affirmed its support for Saudi Arabia in taking necessary measures to safeguard the security and stability of the Kingdom against such desperate attempts to undermine it.”
Ironically, Yemen, the country hosting these very rebels, jumped on the bandwagon and condemned the deadly attack. This could be because they are reading the writing on the wall and fear a massive Saudi retaliation on their turf.