Rebel drone kills 6 loyalists at biggest Yemen airbase

11 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

AL-ANAD AIR BASE: A rebel drone hit Yemen’s largest air base Thursday, killing six loyalist soldiers during a military parade in an attack which raises questions over UN-led peace efforts, reports AFP.

At talks in Sweden last month, the UN brokered several agreements between the Shiite Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government that had been seen as providing the best opportunity yet of ending nearly four years of devastating conflict.

The Shiite Huthi rebels said they carried out the strike on Al-Anad air base, in government-held Lahij province some 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Yemen’s second city Aden.

At least 12 people were wounded in the attack, including top commanders, according to medics at the Ibn Khaldoun hospital in the provincial capital Houta.

Footage of the attack showed a drone exploding over a podium around which dozens of military personnel were standing.