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Saudi Arabia warns Iran over airport assault

June 14, 2019

RIYADH: Riyadh accused its arch-foe Tehran on Thursday of ordering a Yemeni rebel missile strike, which wounded 26 people at a Saudi airport and warned of “grave consequences.”

“The continuation of the Iranian regime’s aggression and reckless escalation, whether directly or through its militias, will result in grave consequences,” Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman tweeted.

Yemen’s Huthi rebels hit the civilian airport in the popular mountain resort of Abha in the southwest of the kingdom on Wednesday, damaging the arrivals hall and forcing its closure for several hours.

A picture taken during a guided tour with the Saudi military on June 13, 2019 shows the damage on the roof of Abha airport in the popular mountain resort of the same name in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, one day after a Yemeni rebel missile attack on the civil airport wounded 26 civilians. AFP PHOTO

“We will confront the Huthi militia’s crimes with unwavering resolve,” said Prince Khaled, a son of King Salman.

“Their targeting of a civilian airport exposes to the world the recklessness of Iran’s escalation and the danger it poses to regional security and stability.”

Iran and the Yemeni rebels both follow arms of the Shiite branch of Islam, but Tehran has always denied providing more than moral support to the rebels.

Riyadh has accused the rebels of being Iranian proxies ever since it led its allies against them. AFP

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