Houthi drone attack targets Yemeni military parade

An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV shows a wounded Yemeni soldier being carried by comrades after a drone exploded above Yemen's al-Anad airbase in the government-held southern province of Lahj on Thursday. — AFP

DUBAI — In a flagrant violation of the peace agreement brokered by Sweden, a drone attack by Houthi rebels on a Yemeni government’s military parade in Lahaj province killed several people.

The parade was taking place in Al-Anad base, where six soldiers were killed and 20 wounded, according to media reports.

The attack by Iran-backed militia raises questions over UN-led peace efforts.

The Houthis said in November they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government, however, the Saudi-led Arab coalition reported several attempted missile attacks by the militia in recent weeks.

Condemning the attacking, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani said that: “Once again this proves that the Houthi criminal militias are not ready for peace and that they are exploiting truces in order for deployment and reinforcements,” adding that two senior military officials were wounded in the attack.

“This is time for the international community to stand by the legitimate government and force the militias to give up their weapons and pull out of the cities,” he added. — Agencies