An Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi attack on the international airport in the southwestern Saudi city of Abha has set a plane on fire, Saudi-led Arab League stated.
The Arab League on Wednesday confirmed the Houthi attack and said the fire on a civilian plane had been contained.
The Arab League said in a statement that “attempting to target Abha International Airport and endangering the lives and property of civilian passengers is a war crime.”
“We are taking all necessary steps to protect our citizens,” he added.
Earlier, the Arab League said in a statement that it had destroyed two Houthi drones dropped from Yemen to Saudi Arabia. “The Houthis continue to violate international humanitarian law,” the coalition said in a statement. They are deliberately trying to target civilian targets in Saudi Arabia. ”
Iranian-backed Houthis have stepped up the drone and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia once again this week, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said at an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Cairo on Monday. Iran-backed militias pose a threat to the security and stability of Arab countries, he added.
Note that the Biden administration has temporarily frozen billions of dollars in arms deals in the last days of Trump. The State Department says the purpose is to provide an opportunity to review the deal.
The State Department says a temporary ban on arms sales will help the Biden administration ensure that “US arms sales meet our strategic goals of building a strong, capable and talented security partner.”
Newly elected US President Joe Biden has also decided to end support for Saudi-led military operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
us national security advisor Jake Sullivan says US President Joe Biden will make an official announcement soon.
He said Biden wanted a change in US policy towards the Middle East and that it would be announced soon.
It should be noted that the civil war in Yemen began in 2014 when Houthi rebels announced the capture of the capital Sanaa.