Several killed in Houthi attack on Yemen’s largest base
Loud blasts heard in the al-Anad area in the government held southern province of Lahij.
Houthi rebels attacked Yemen’s largest airbase on Sunday, killing pro-government troops and wounding many others.
The Houthis carried out a series of strikes using armed drones and ballistic missiles on the al-Anad military base, said Yemeni southern forces spokesman Mohamed al-Naqeeb.
Medics said they received seven bodies and treated more than 50 people injured in the attack on Al-Anad airbase in the government-held southern province of Lahij. Other medical sources said two were killed and 16 wounded.
Al-Naqeeb acknowledged there were casualties without giving numbers. A local pro-government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed fatalities.
Residents said several loud blasts were heard in the al-Anad area. There was no immediate comment from the rebel side.
The internationally recognised government – backed by a Saudi-led military coalition – and the Iran-allied Houthis have been locked in war since 2014, when the rebels seized the capital, Sanaa.
In 2019, the Houthis said they launched a drone strike on al-Anad during a military parade with medics and government sources saying at the time at least six loyalists were killed – including a high-ranking intelligence official.
Al-Anad, 60km (40 miles) north of Yemen’s second city Aden, was the headquarters for US troops overseeing a long-running drone war against al-Qaeda until March 2014 when it was overrun by the Houthi rebels.
It was recaptured by government forces in August 2015 as they recovered territory from the fighters across the south with support from the Saudi-led coalition.
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