Missile and Drone Attacks on a Military Parade in Yemen
ADEN, (BM) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it launched missile and drone attacks on Thursday on a military parade in Aden, the seat of the Saudi-backed government, that killed more than 30 people according to medical and security sources, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Reuters.
A Reuters witness saw nine bodies on the ground after an explosion hit a military camp belonging to the Yemeni Security Belt forces backed by the United Arab Emirates, which is a member of the Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthis.
The attack killed at least 32 people, including a commander, a medical and a security source told Reuters.
Soldiers screamed and ran to lift the wounded and place them on trucks. Red berets lay on the ground in pools of blood.
Medecins Sans Frontieres tweeted that tens of wounded were hospitalised in Aden after an explosion, but later said it was a separate one at a police station on Thursday in the southern port city. It said 10 people were killed and 16 injured there.
The Houthi’s official channel Al Masirah TV said the group had launched a medium-range ballistic missile and an armed drone at the parade, which it described as being staged in preparation for a military move against provinces held by the movement.
It did not mention the police station attack, which a security source said involved an explosives-laden car. It was not clear if the incidents were linked but previous car attacks have been carried out by Islamist militant group al Qaeda, one of Yemen’s many destabilising forces.
A pro-government military source and security sources identified the commander killed in the military parade as Brigadier General Muneer al-Yafee, a leading figure of the southern separatists.
“The blast occurred behind the stand where the ceremony was taking place at Al Jalaa military camp in Buraiqa district in Aden,” the Reuters witness said. “A group of soldiers were crying over a body believed to be of the commander.”
Yafee had just stepped off the stage to greet a guest when the explosion took place. Flags of the former South Yemen and those of leading coalition members were fluttering as the military band was waiting for its cue to start playing.
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