30 soldiers killed, 60 wounded in Houthi attacks on Yemen base

30 soldiers killed, 60 wounded in Houthi attacks on Yemen base
30 soldiers killed, 60 wounded in Houthi attacks on Yemen base

At least 30 soldiers were killed and 60 wounded on Sunday in Houthi strikes on a military base belonging to forces of the Saudi-led coalition in southwest Yemen, a spokesman for the southern forces and medical sources said.

Yemeni southern forces spokesman Mohamed al-Naqeeb said the Houthis have carried out multiple attacks on the al-Anad military base with armed drones and ballistic missiles.

Between 30 and 40 soldiers have been killed and at least 60 others injured, according to Naqeeb, adding the death toll may still rise as rescuers continue to clear the scene.

Southern forces are part of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Several bodies and 16 wounded people have been transported to the main hospital in Lahj, according to two medical sources. Casualties included civilians, but it wasn’t clear if they were civilians.

There were several loud explosions heard in the al-Anad area, which is located 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of the southern port city of Aden.

Another resident of the disputed central city of Taiz reported hearing ballistic missiles being launched from launchers in the Houthi-held eastern suburbs of the city.

In 2014, the Houthis invaded Sanaa and ousted the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led a coalition to intervene in March 2015 to restore Hadi to power, but the conflict that followed has killed tens of thousands and caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Peace talks between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis, backed by the United Nations and the United States, have stalled after both sides failed to reach a compromise deal.

In exchange for a promise of truce talks from the Iranian-aligned group, the talks aim to lift a blockade on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport.

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