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October 21, 2019
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Houthis target Saudi airport with military base thru drone attack

Houthi rebels have carried out a drone attack on a Saudi airport with a military base.

It is not clear if there are any injuries or what is the extent of damage due to the attack.

The Houthis’ Almasirah satellite news channel said early on Tuesday the attack hit the airport in Najran with a Qasef-2K drone, striking an “arms depot”.

Najran, 840km southwest of Riyadh, lies on the Saudi-Yemen border and has repeatedly been targeted by the Houthis.

A statement earlier on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki as saying the Houthis “had tried to target” a civilian site in Najran, without elaborating.

Al-Maliki warned there would be a “strong deterrent” to such attacks and described the Houthis as the “terrorist militias of Iran”.

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In past Saudi Arabia had responded Houthi’s drone attack with rounds of air raids on Yemen, which have been widely criticised internationally for killing civilians.

Civilian airports throughout the Middle East often host military bases.

The New York Times last year reported that US intelligence analysts were based in Najran, assisting the Saudis and a US Army Green Berets deployment on the border.

The Pentagon and the US military’s Central Command did not immediately respond to requests for comment.