More than 80 Soldiers Killed in Yemen Missile, Drone Attack


Houthi rebel gunmen in Yemen.

The attack targeted a mosque in the camp as people gathered for prayer, two medical sources said, in the latest assault in the proxy war playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Medical sources had confirmed that at least 45 military personnel had been killed in the attack, adding that dozens more were injured, Press TV reported.

Body parts can be seen on the floor among shredded debris.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which the Houthis ousted from power in the capital Sanaa and is now based in the southern port city of Aden.

Yemen's Defense Ministry said "the armed forces will remain the solid rock that breaks the ambitions" of Iran's goal of destabilizing security in Yemen and the wider region, according to a statement carried by Yemeni state news agency Saba. Iran has always refused to provide the Houthis with weapons.

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However, if confirmed, the attack could be one of the deadliest by the Houthis on Saudis and allies in Yemen in recent weeks.

But the UAE-backed southerners are now at odds with Yemen's internationally recognized government, which is more closely allied with Saudi Arabia.

"The hard-earned progress that Yemen has made on de-escalation is very fragile".

The conflict in Yemen, the poorest nation in the Middle East, has been described by the United Nations as the world's worst ongoing humanitarian crisis, with almost 80 per cent of the population of the 24-million now in need of aid and protection.

A senior United Nations official warned Thursday that certain key factors that threatened to trigger a starvation in Yemen previous year were once again looming large, including a plunge in the value of the national currency.