Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen have again attacked Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, dropping a bombs and damaging a civilian Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flyadeal Airbus A320 Targeted in Terrorist Attack in Saudi Arabia
The attack occurred last Wednesday via bomb-laden drones at Abha International Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia. There were no deaths or even injuries, but a Flyadeal Airbus A320 was severely damaged.
Flyadeal Airbus A320 (HZ-FAB, built 2017) was badly damaged while parked at Abha Airport (OEAB), Saudi Arabia. The airfield came under a drone attack, controlled by Houthi forces. @HavaSosyalMedya pic.twitter.com/JYkxnm59UV
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) February 10, 2021
Saudi U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi noted:
“Such acts of terrorism by the Houthis continue to jeopardize the efforts of United Nations to reach a comprehensive political solution in Yemen.”
That’s quite diplomatic. I’ll be more blunt: such terrorism will not end well for innocent bystanders in Yemen, for no sovereign nation can accept such terrorist attacks on its own infrastructure.
Houthi rebels targeted a civilian aircraft with a clear point: you are not safe in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. What could be more chilling than to board a domestic flight in fear that a drone might drop a bomb on it?
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded by removing Yemen’s Houthi rebels from the U.S.’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. President Trump added the Houthi rebels, also known as Ansarallah, to the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on the day before he left office. Critics cried foul, noting that such a designation would worsen the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, leading to even more civilian starvation.
The proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran continues in Yemen. The drone attack last week at Abha International Airport, not to mention the number of civilian deaths in Yemen, illustrates the danger and tragedy of the struggle. Targeting a civilian aircraft is the essence of terrorism. Let us all hope for a last peace deal that fully disarms Houthi rebels.