Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said.
The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport, it added. However, there was no Saudi confirmation of the attacks.
Over the past few weeks, the Yemeni Army and allied Popular Committees have carried out several drone attacks on the Jizan and Najran airports in retaliation for the war that Saudi Arabia has been leading on Yemen since March 2015.
Saudi Arabia had shot down a bomb-laden drone deployed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen to attack an airport in the kingdom a little more than a week ago.
The Saudi air force had intercepted and destroyed the drone that targeted Jizan airport, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the rebels was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The strike came after the Huthis had similarly targeted Najran airport, also near the Yemeni border with an explosives-laden drone.
That attack — the third against Najran airport in 72 hours — had targeted a Patriot air defence system, Al-Masirah had reported.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back an advance by the Huthi rebels, who still hold the capital Sanaa, and to restore to power President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.