Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels said they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base inside of it, an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States.
It was not clear if there were any casualties or what the extent of damage was.
A statement earlier Tuesday on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted Saudi-led coalition spokesman Col. Turkish al-Maliki as saying the Houthis “had tried to target” a civilian site in Najran.
Houthi rebels took control of Yemen’s capital in late 2014 in a campaign that drove Yemen’s president to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis responded by launching the coalition in support of the government and have been carrying out airstrikes and other military actions against the Houthis since 2015.
The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead and worsened a humanitarian crisis with many people in need of food aid.
Last Tuesday, Riyadh claimed that two oil pumping stations-which maintain the flow rates of a major Saudi oil pipeline, were hit by armed drones, resulting in a fire at one of the stations and a temporary shutting of the oil line as a precaution.