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Saudi coalition says destroyed drones in attack Houthis say hit airport

Travellers gather in front of the arrivals lounge at the Abha airport in the southern Saudi Arabian popular mountain resort of the same name, on 2 July 2019. [AFP via Getty Images]
Travellers gather in front of the arrivals lounge at the Abha airport in the southern Saudi Arabian popular mountain resort of the same name, on 2 July 2019. [AFP via Getty Images]

A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said it destroyed two explosives fired into Saudi Arabia on Sunday afternoon in an attack the Houthis said hit Abha airport in the kingdom's south, Reuters reported.

A spokesman for the coalition said the drones had been fired by the Houthis towards civilian targets in Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia, close to Abha.

A military spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group said two drones launched on Sunday afternoon by its forces had struck Saudi Arabia's Abha airport.

This is the fifth such attack in four days, all of which the Houthis say struck an air field or base in southern Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday Riyadh said an attack caused a fire in a civilian aircraft at Abha airport.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Houthis. UN officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war which the UN says has created the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

READ: Saudi-led coalition thwarts attack from Yemen

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