PH denounces second attack on Saudi airport

MANILA -- The Philippine government has condemned the second attack on Abha International Airport last June 23 and urged all parties to exercise calm and patience to resolve their differences.

"The Philippine government condemns the second attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport on 23 June 2019," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement through Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez Monday night.

"The Philippine government hopes for the speedy recovery of those injured and expresses its sympathy to the family of the single fatality during the attack," it added.

There were no Filipinos reported killed or injured in the attack.

However, reports said that a Syrian national was killed while 21 others were wounded after Houthi rebels based in Yemen targeted the airport with "drone attacks".

The latest hit on the same airport followed a missile launch from Yemen that injured at least 26 people.

In view of the continuous rise in tensions within the region, the government reiterated its call to all parties "to exercise calm, patience and restraint, and resolve differences through peaceful dialogue and consultations" to prevent further regrettable incidents from occurring. (PNA)

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