At least 33 soldiers were killed and dozens of people injured, following an attack by Houthi militias against an air base in southern Yemen, under the control of the forces of the Saudi-led coalition, which supports the government in exile. .
Eyewitnesses, including a reporter from the Taez governorate, confirmed that three missiles were fired from the town of Al-Hawban in Ta’izz, which is under Houthi control, at the Al-Anad base.
The Houthis have carried out several attacks with armed drones and ballistic missiles on the al-Anad military base, said the spokesman for the southern Yemen forces, Mohamed al-Naqeeb.
Two medical sources said 33 bodies were received at the main hospital in Lahj province along with other injured people. It was unclear if there were civilians among the victims.
The Houthis control a large part of the north of the country, as well as the capital Sanaa, in the framework of a war that has already lasted more than seven years since Saudi Arabia, with the support of other Persian Gulf countries, launched an offensive against the Houthi rebels.
A military source reported that the attack by the Houthi rebels targeted a morning training session and a barracks that served as a dormitory for soldiers at the Al Anad base.
This military complex is located in Lahj about 60 kilometers north of Aden, the port city where the government of President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, asylum in Saudi Arabia, is based after Sana’a was taken over by the Houthis in 2014.
Before the war, the US military used the Al Anad base to hunt down Al Qaeda jihadists. Since August 2015, it has been controlled by the Yemeni government.