Saudi Aramco facilities 'safe' after Yemen's Houthis claim drone attack

Saudi Aramco facilities 'safe' after Yemen's Houthis claim drone attack

Yemen has been wracked by violence and chaos since 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

Riyadh has been the target of frequent missile attacks since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries launched a military campaign in Yemen against the Houthis, a group of Iran-backed Shi'ite fighters who had seized the capital.

However, sources in Abha'a airport said the airport has stopped flights for security reasons following the drone attacks on Saudi Aramco.

The Yemeni rebels said they killed dozens of Sudanese soldiers in the northern province of Hajjah before dawn on Friday. At least one Saudi media outlet reported a drone crash at the airport had injured two airport workers.

On Monday, Griffiths met with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, where he also met with leaders of Yemen's Southern Transitional Council, which has long called for the secession of southern Yemen. More than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the conflict and millions in the impoverished country have been pushed to the brink of starvation.

A military source told our war correspondent in Yemen that the air strike was conducted with a drone plane of Qasef 1 type. While missile strikes against Riyadh are growing in frequency, the Houthis have more often targeted southern Saudi border cities and towns.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

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