Drone Attack on Saudi Military Parade in Yemen Kills Top Coalition Officials
According to Saudi and UAE state-owned media, among the wounded were Mohammad Saleh Tamah, the head of intelligence services for rebel forces loyal to the former government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi; senior military commander Mohammad Jawas; and Ahmed al-Turki, appointed by the coalition as governor of the Lahejj province. The report noted that coalition authorities were still searching for wounded among the rubble.
The attack comes after Yemen’s army, supported by the Houthis, announced the resumption of drone and ballistic missile attacks against Saudi-led coalition forces in November. The attacks had been suspended as a goodwill measure to “speed up” the peace process.
Al-Anad Air Base, which lies some 60 km north of Aden, once served as the headquarters for U.S. troops overseeing a long-running drone war in Yemen. Now occupied by Saudi-led coalition forces, it hosts U.S. Patriot air defense systems along with modern warplanes, including F16s and Apaches belonging to the UAE. Despite the presence of the modern U.S. Patriot air defense systems, the coalition was unable to intercept the drones, which cost Yemen’s military around $1,000 to produce.