Drones Belonging to the Houthi Militia Kills Many during Yemeni Military Parade
On Thursday, drones flown by Iranian aligned Houthi militia flew over a Yemeni government military parade and exploded, in the southern province of Lahaj, killing several people. According to Saudi and Houthi media, around five people were killed during the attack and many were injured.
The bomb-laden drone was launched by the Houthis and aimed at Saudi led coalition and their allies threatening the UN orchestrated peace efforts to conclude the year-long war. Peace talks were going on between the Houthis who control most part of the Yemen and the
Saudi backed government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi by managing a limited truce in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
The attack which took place at the Al-Anad Air Base rocked the area, according to witnesses. Another source confirmed that high-ranking officers, such as Yemen’s deputy chief of staff had been injured.
According to military source, the focal point of the attack has been the podium where senior officers were sitting. Although, it wasn’t clear if officers from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as the leaders of Sunni Muslim Arab coalition that mediated in Yemen for restoring the Hadi government, which was toppled from the capital Sanaa in 2014.
The attack also posed new questions about Iran’s supposed role in arming the Houthis with drone and ballistic missile technology, which has been dismissed by Tehran regardless researchers and U.N. experts connecting the weapons to be made by the Iranian Republic.
During November last year, the Houthis stated that they would stop drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, Yemeni allies and the UAE. However, tension started to brew up on how to enforce the UN proposed agreement in Hodeidah. The truce only applicable to Hodeidah province but the British ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, tweeted that any growth in Yemen would go against the spirit of the Stockholm agreement.
U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths showed alarm at the violence and requested all parties to apply restraint toward the renewal of the peace talks.