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UPDATE 1-Saudi coalition says destroyed drones in attack Houthis say hit airport

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DUBAI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition fighting theHouthi group in Yemen said it destroyed two explosives firedinto Saudi Arabia on Sunday afternoon in an attack the Houthissaid hit Abha airport in the kingdom's south.

A spokesman for the coalition said the drones had been firedby the Houthis towards civilian targets in Khamis Mushait insouthern Saudi Arabia, close to Abha.

A military spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group saidtwo drones launched on Sunday afternoon by its forces had struckSaudi Arabia's Abha airport.

This is the fifth such attack in four days, all of which theHouthis say struck an air field or base in southern SaudiArabia. On Wednesday Riyadh said an attack caused a fire in acivilian aircraft at Abha airport.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in2015, backing government forces fighting the Houthis. U.N.officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war whichthe U.N. says has created the world's largest humanitariancrisis.(Writing by Lisa BarringtonEditing by Raissa Kasolowsky)