Missile attack kills 10 at military parade in Yemen’s south

Missile attack kills 10 at military parade in Yemen’s south
The blast occurred near a guest platform during the parade and that many were injured or killed. (Resistance Forces via AP)
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Updated 30 December 2019

Missile attack kills 10 at military parade in Yemen’s south

Missile attack kills 10 at military parade in Yemen’s south
  • At least 21 people, including civilians, were wounded in the blast
  • Footage circulated online of Sunday’s attack showing a hole in a stage at the edge of the field

SANAA: A ballistic missile ripped through a military parade for a Yemeni southern separatist group, killing at least six troops and four children, a spokesman said Sunday.
Maged Al-Shoebi, a spokesman for the group, blamed the Iran-backed Houthi militia for the attack.
The explosion took place while the separatists, known as the Resistance Forces, were finishing a parade for new recruits at a football field in the capital of Dhale province, Al-Shoebi told The Associated Press.
The group is part of the the Southern Transitional Council or STC, which seeks the return of the independent state that existed in the south until 1990.




Newly recruited soldiers are pictured before a blast struck their parade in the town of Al-Dhalea, Yemen Dec. 29, 2019. (Reuters)

The STC is allied with the Arab coalition that has been fighting to restore the internationally recognized government in Yemen. 
Footage circulated online of Sunday’s attack shows a hole in a stage at the edge of the field, apparently from an explosion, while other footage showed dead bodies on the ground.
At least 21 people, including civilians, were wounded in the blast, Al-Shoebi said. He blamed the Houthis for the attack. The militant group did not immediately comment.
The Houthis have been trying to wrest Dhale province from the southern separatists for years, but without much progress.
The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthi militants. They drove out the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The fighting in the Arab world’s poorest country has killed over 100,000 people and left millions suffering from food and medical shortages. The conflict has also pushed the country to the brink of famine.