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  • A Houthi supporter shouts slogans as he joins a rally to denounce the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, outside Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen August 9, 2019.

    A Houthi supporter shouts slogans as he joins a rally to denounce the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, outside Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen August 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 August 2019

Yemen has been engulfed in a deadly civil war that began in March of 2015 when President Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi was expelled from the presidential palace. 

Yemen's Houthis Movement announced on Tuesday that their forces launched a new attack on a Saudi airport in the kingdom's Abha province. 

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According to their statement via Masirah TV,  the Houthis attacked the Abha Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia using their armed drones.

There was no mention of the attack in Saudi Arabia’s official media and Saudi officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and most of its populous areas, have stepped up attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In response, a Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthis has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.

The attacks are complicating U.N.-led peace efforts.

The Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore a Yemeni government ousted from power in Sanaa by the Houthis.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

In the past week, violence has flared in the southern port city of Aden between government forces based there and southern separatists who had been fighting alongside them against the Houthis.

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