Six soldiers killed, 20 injured in Houthi drone attack on Yemen’s army parade

Yemeni injured soldier shown being treated in a medical facility. (Supplied)

In their continuous attempts to abort the Sweden peace agreement brokered by the United Nations – the pro-Iranian Houthi militias launched on Thursday, a drone attack targeting a military parade by the Yemeni National Army in al-Anad military base in Lahaj province.

Al Arabiya news channel correspondent reported that six soldiers of the Yemeni Army were killed and 20 others injured, among them journalists as well as the governor of Lahaj, the deputy chief of army staff,  the head of the intelligence unit, the commander of the military police and the army commander of the fourth region.

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For his part, the correspondent of Al Hadath news channel reported that an Iranian-made bomb-laden drone exploded on a podium, attended by officials from the ministry of defense, watching the parade.

The correspondent pointed out that ambulances were seen carrying the wounded to Aden hospitals.

Also, 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.

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It is worth mentioning that the Yemeni army used to launch attacks against al-Qaeda terrorist organization from al-Anad military base in Lahaj.

On the other hand, as many as 15 members of the coup militias were killed on Wednesday during a failed attempt to fire a ballistic missile in al-Tayyar district in Saada governorate north of Yemen, targeting Saudi Arabia.

Al Arabiya sources said the Houthis, among them missiles’ experts, were trying to launch the ballistic missiles targeting the kingdom when it exploded.

The Arab coalition backing the legitimate Yemeni army released a video documenting the Houthis’ violations, especially in regards to violations related to their use of populated areas and civilians for military purposes.

The footage shows an arms depot in Razeh district in Saada as well as militants loading a truck in a very populated area.

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