Yemen rebel attack wounds 26 at Saudi airport

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A Houthi cruise missile fell on the arrivals hall of Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport, injuring 26 civilians, the Arab Coalition said on Wednesday.

The attack resulted in the injury of 26 civilians of different nationalities, the report said, adding that the wounded included one Indian woman and two Saudi children.

The rebels' Al-Masirah satellite news channel said the missile hit its intended target, halting air traffic at the airport in the town of Abha in the kingdom's southwest, some 165 kilometers (100 miles) from the Saudi-Yemen border.

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"We must condemn these violations and hold the worldwide community responsible for failing to support and help the government to battle the militias".

Flights were disrupted for several hours before returning to normal.

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Speaking at Tokyo's Haneda Airport just before departing, Abe acknowledged "rising tensions" in the Middle East and said, "Japan wants to do as much as possible towards peace and stability in the region".

Two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia were hit by Houthi drones in May causing minor supply disruptions highlighting an apparent significant leap in the drone capabilities of the Houthis.

He added that the coalition would take "urgent and timely measures to deter this terrorist militia".

Saudi officials said that attack was ordered by Iran, but didn't provide evidence to back their claims.

The rebels acknowledged earlier that they had launched a missile at the airport in the Saudi city. Separately, the front page of the Iranian daily Farheekhtegan, or Educated, published Wednesday morning a picture of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast - a reference to America's bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War. He said earlier this week that attacks on Saudi airports are an effective strategy to combat the blockade of the airport in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, which the Houthis overran in 2014. "The most modern American systems could not intercept the missile", he said in comments carried by the group's media center.

An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition that killed dozens of people in Yemen last August was branded an apparent war crime by Human Rights Watch.

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