Missile, drone strike on air force base kills 30 people


Yemen’s Sana’a — A Yemeni military spokesman said at least 30 troops were killed in a missile and drone attack on a major military base in southern Yemen on Sunday. This was one of the most deadly attacks in the recent Chinese Civil War.

Yemeni Southern Army spokesman Mohammed al-Nakib told The Associated Press that at least 65 people were injured in the attack on the Al-Anad Air Force base in Rahi.

Graphic footage from the scene showed some scorched bodies on the ground with ambulance sirens ringing in the background.

Yemeni officials said at least three explosions had occurred at an air force base hosted by an internationally recognized government. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yemen has been involved in a civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels struck much of the north, occupied the capital Sana’a and exiled an internationally recognized government. The Saudi-led coalition went into war on the government side the following year.

Officials said ballistic missiles had landed on the base’s training grounds and dozens of troops were conducting morning exercises. The medics portrayed a chaotic scene after the explosion, and the soldiers safely carried their injured colleagues and feared another attack.

Solider Nasser Saeed survived the attack. He was taken to Nakib Hospital in Aden with the other injured. He said the barracks, which housed more than 50 troops, were attacked by missiles and then drones loaded with explosives.

“We were able to shoot down one [drone]”Many people were killed and injured,” he said.

Most of the injured were taken to the nearby Ibn Khaldun Hospital, and health officials said many of the injured were in serious condition and suffered three burns.

Authorities have accused the Houthi of attacking a base that was once the site of US intelligence operations against al-Qaeda’s powerful Yemeni affiliates. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the media did not have the authority to brief.

The victims belong to a pro-government giant brigade backed by the United Arab Emirates. The unit said in a statement that the attack involved a large number of ballistic missiles and explosive-laden drones. The United Arab Emirates is a major pillar of the Saudi-led coalition.

Houthi military spokesmen neither confirmed nor denied an attack that conveyed the characteristics of Iran-backed rebels. The Houthis has previously launched a similar attack. This includes a drone loaded with a bomb in Alanad in January 2019 killing an army of six.

Iran-backed rebels also launched a missile attack at the airport in the southern city of Aden in December when government officials arrived. The attack killed at least 25 people and injured 110.

The Houthis occupied the Alanad base months after it hijacked Sana’a in 2014, before government troops regained it to reverse the interests of the rebels.

Information Minister Moammar al-Iryani said the attack would undermine international efforts to establish a ceasefire in Yemen.

“This terrorist attack once again confirms the continuation of the Houthi militia in its military expansion approach,” he wrote on Twitter.

The attack on the base on Sunday came as the Houthi rebels faced severe resistance and suffered heavy losses in months of attempts to steal the important city of Malibu from the internationally recognized government. Thousands of fighters, primarily from the Houthi, have been killed in Malibu in recent months.

Fushi’s attack on Malibu, coupled with an increase in missile and explosive drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, stopped combat and resumed negotiations between the parties to the war to end the war in the poorest countries in the Arab world. It happened in the midst of growing international efforts to do so.

The stalemate conflict in Yemen has killed more than 130,000 people and caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Ahmed Alhadge and Sammy Maddy

Associated Press