The spokesman for the coalition, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, explained that “as a result of the interception process, some shrapnel of the drone was scattered after its interception inside the inner perimeter of the airport, and 12 minor injuries to civilians, citizens and residents of different nationalities,” according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The spokesman said that the injuries were as follows: two Saudi citizens, 4 residents of Bangladeshi nationality, 3 residents of Nepalese nationality, one resident of Filipino nationality, one resident of Sri Lankan nationality, and one resident of Indian nationality.
As a result, some minor physical damages were caused by shattering the glass of some facades at the airport.
Shortly after the attack, the coalition announced the smooth return of air traffic at Abha airport after ensuring the usual safety procedures.
Al-Maliki added that “this brutal hostile attempt to target Abha International Airport and civilians traveling from different nationalities and airport employees is a war crime, and confirms the militias’ hostile approach and violation of international humanitarian law and its customary rules, considering Abha International Airport as a civilian airport and protected under international humanitarian law.”
And he stressed that “the leadership of the joint forces of the coalition, in the face of these hostile acts and immoral abuses by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia, will take and implement the necessary operational measures in response to the threat and neutralize the sources of the threat in a manner that ensures the protection of civilian objects and civilians, in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.”