Yemen rebels attack airbase in Saudi Arabia
‘Attack came in response Saudi Arabia’s air escalation,’ Houthi spokesman said
Yemen’s Houthi rebel group on Sunday said it fired two drones on King Khalid airbase in southern Saudi Arabia.
“This attack came in response to the enemy's [Saudi Arabia] air escalation and its continued siege on our people,” rebel spokesman Yahya Saree said in a statement.
On Saturday, the Houthi group said it had fired three drones towards the Jizan and Abha airports and the Khamis Mushait base.
The Houthi group regularly announces rocket and drone attacks on Saudi territories, saying they are a reaction to the Saudi-led coalition’s attacks in Yemen.
Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.
More than 100,000 Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of starvation.
* Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara