Missile hits Saudi Arabia airport, injuring 26, official says

Arrivals hall hit by Houthi rebels-fired missile

By Nada Altaher and Bianca Britton, CNN
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(CNN) - A missile fired by Houthi rebels struck the arrivals hall of an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, injuring 26 people, a Saudi official said.

Eighteen people were treated at Abha International Airport for minor injuries and another eight were taken to hospital, Turki al-Malki, spokesman of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen, said in a statement published on Saudi state media.

"Three women, a Yemeni, an Indian and Saudi and two Saudi children were amongst those injured," al-Malki said, adding that "authorities are working on identifying the type of missile that was used in this terrorist attack."

According to Houthi-run Saba News, a strategic guided cruise missile was used in the attack.

"In light of these terrorist and immoral transgressions by the Houthis, the coalition will take strict measures urgently and carefully to deter them," al-Malki said. "This includes protecting civilians and civilian assets. The terrorist elements responsible for planning and carrying out this attack will be held accountable."

The airport, which services flights within Saudi Arabia, as well as to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, suffered from material damage, al-Malki said.

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