Strikes targeting Yemen’s largest air base killed more than 30 pro-government fighters and injured more than 50 others on Sunday (August 29), according to a new toll from loyal military and medical sources.
“More than 30 people were killed and at least 56 people injured” in the attack on Al-Anad (south), told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Mohammed Al-Naqib, a spokesman for the armed forces. A military medical source confirmed the toll, revising upwards a previous death toll of seven.
No party has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but pro-government military forces accuse the Houthi rebels of being responsible.
In 2019, the Houthis claimed responsibility for a spectacular drone attack targeting Al-Anad’s base during a loyalist military parade. At least six people were killed, including a senior intelligence official.
Al-Anad, located 60 kilometers north of the city of Aden, had been used before the war by the US military to track down Al-Qaida jihadists.
The war in Yemen since 2014 has pitted government forces, backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, against Houthi rebels backed by Iran. The country has been living since the worst humanitarian disaster in the world according to the United Nations World Organization (UN), with tens of thousands of deaths, according to associations, and a population on the brink of famine.