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Saudi Arabia halts flights from airports in south of kingdom

International and domestic flights suspended until further notice amid continuing conflict in Yemen

Saudi Arabia halts flights from airports in south of kingdom
Jet fighters of the Saudi Royal air force. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Saudi Arabia has suspended international and domestic flights at seven airports in its south, aviation authorities said on Thursday.

The Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation on Thursday announced the temporary suspension of international and domestic flights to and from airports in Jazan, Abha, Wadi Aldwasir, Bisha, Sharourah and Najran.

It said they have been suspended temporarily starting from Thursday morning until further notice without giving a reason for the suspension.

The authority said that detailed information for travellers will be communicated to them directly via SMS text messages from airlines.

Last month, a similar suspension was announced after Riyadh and allied Gulf governments launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies have regularly struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president, a gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

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