Ye­men’s Houthis threaten more drone at­tacks

Irish Examiner - - World - Alexan­der Win­ning

The Ira­nian-aligned Houthi group threat­ened to launch more drone at­tacks after a deadly strike last week on a Ye­meni gov­ern­ment mil­i­tary pa­rade, stok­ing ten­sion be­tween the war­ring par­ties amid UN peace ef­forts.

Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea said Thurs­day’s drone strike on a mil­i­tary base in La­haj prov­ince, which killed sev­eral peo­ple, was a “le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tion against ag­gres­sion”. He said the move­ment was build­ing a stock­pile of lo­cally man­u­fac­tured drones. “Soon there will be enough in the strate­gic stock­pile to launch more than one drone op­er­a­tion in mul­ti­ple bat­tle fronts at the same time,” Sarea told re­porters in the Houthi- held cap­i­tal Sanaa.

The at­tack on the mil­i­tary pa­rade came as the UN tries to get peace talks go­ing be­tween the Houthis, who con­trol most ur­ban cen­tres in Ye­men, and the Saudi-backed gov­ern­ment of Abd-Rabbu Man­sour Hadi, which is based in the south­ern port city of Aden.

The day after, a Saudiled mil­i­tary coali­tion said it de­stroyed a Houthi com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­trol cen­tre used to di­rect drones.

The Houthis said in Novem­ber they were halt­ing drone and mis­sile at­tacks on Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates and their Ye­meni al­lies, but ten­sions have risen over how to im­ple­ment a UN-spon­sored peace deal reached in De­cem­ber in Hodei­dah.

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