A Houthi drone attack has hit a Yemeni government military parade in Lahij Province, killing several, according to medical sources.
The attack on the airbase in southern town of al-Anad on Thursday reportedly wounded dozens of military personnel, including the Yemeni army chief of staff.
Footage obtained by AFP news agency shows the drone exploding while flying low over the main stage of the military parade.
Six people were killed in the raid, sources at a local hospital told AFP news agency.
Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi group, announced the strategy of using ballistic missiles and drones in 2017. The group is at war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition which began its military campaign in Yemen in March 2015, after the Houthis overran the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.
The Houthis claim to possess five different drone models according to an infographic on their official Telegram channel.
Les images de l’explosion d’un drone pendant une parade militaire dans une base loyaliste du sud du #Yémen. Six militaires ont été tués et 12 autres personnes, dont des officiers et des responsables locaux, blessées, selon un hôpital local #AFP pic.twitter.com/qn4kEcVYrD
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) January 10, 2019
In November, the rebels said they were halting drone and missile attacks, but tensions have risen recently over how to implement a UN-sponsored peace deal.
|Six people were killed in the drone raid, according to local hospital sources [Reuters]|
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