Houthi drone strike kills 3 soldiers in Yemen

Sanaa, July 5 (IANS): Three Yemeni soldiers were killed in a drone strike launched by the Houthi militia in the southern province of Dhalea, a government official said.

“An explosive-laden Houthi drone struck a security site near Qatabah district in northern government-controlled Dhalea province,” the official told Xinhua news agency on Monday.

He confirmed that the drone attack resulted in the deaths of three security personnel and the injury of two others.

“An ambulance rushed to the bombing site to rescue injured soldiers but was targeted by Houthi snipers stationed in the area,” he noted.

The Houthis, who control large swathes of northern Yemen, have yet to comment on the attack.

Since April 2, the belligerents in Yemen have observed a national ceasefire.

Although the truce has been largely held, the internationally recognized government and the Houthi group frequently exchange accusations of violations.

Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi militia took control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally recognized government out of the capital Sanaa.

The war has since killed tens of thousands, displaced 4 million and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

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