The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt condemned on Tuesday the latest drone attack carried out by Houthi rebels on Abha International Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia, causing the injury of several Saudis.
The attack on the airport — the second in the same day — left eight people wounded and caused damages to a civilian plane, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen announced.
“[Egypt] reiterates its firm stance in supporting the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the face of these continuing acts of terrorism that target civilian areas in the south of the country,” a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The ministry also voiced its support for Saudi measures taken to maintain the kingdom’s security, stability, and the safety of its citizens and residents in the face of these “sinful” attacks.
It added that such attacks “constitute a breach of international law and are a threat to the security and safety of civil aviation, air traffic, and stability in the region.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the coalition announced that it intercepted a drone attack on the airport, saying the shrapnel was scattered in the vicinity of the airport but did not cause any injuries or damages.
Saudi Arabia has been intercepting hundreds of drones and missiles launched by the Houthis over the past few years since a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally recognised government.
The Iran-backed Houthis have rejected multiple calls for a truce by the United Nations, the United States, and Saudi Arabia this year.
Egypt has repeatedly expressed its full support of the coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the movement’s practices further inflame the situation in Yemen.