Saudi allies battling Houthi rebels said the Yemeni group launched an attack on Abha airport, causing a fire in a civilian aircraft that was brought under control.
“A cowardly terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on Abha International Airport … A civilian plane within the airport grounds was exposed to a fire which was brought under control,” Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya television reported on Wednesday.
The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack soon afterwards, with military spokesman Yehia Sareai saying the rebels used four bomb-laden drones to target the airport in southern Saudi Arabia.
“This targeting comes in response to the continued aerial bombardment and the brutal siege on our country,” Sareai said, noting that the Houthis consider the airport a military and not civilian target.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the forces intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by the Houthis towards the kingdom.
The conflict in Yemen started in 2014 when the Houthis seized large swaths of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.
The war escalated in March 2015, when the Saudi Arabia-led coalition intervened in an attempt to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Both sides in Yemen’s conflict have since been accused of war crimes during fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people.