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Dozens killed in Houthis’ missile attack on military parade in Yemen

SANAA (Yemen): Houthi rebel’s missile attack on a military camp in Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally-recognized government, has killed dozens of people and wounded many others.

The Houthi rebel movement, which controls the capital, Sanaa, claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack. The missile attack targeted a military parade at the al-Jalaa military camp, in Aden’s Buraiqa district.

The Houthis’ official al-Masirah TV said the group launched a medium-range ballistic missile and armed drone at the parade,  which it described as being staged in preparation for a military move against provinces held by the rebels.

A medical and a security source said at least 32 people were killed in the attack. A health official said the death toll stood at more than 50.

The blast occurred “behind the stand where the ceremony was taking place”, a witness said.

A senior commander of the so-called Security Belt’s First Support Brigade was reported to be among the casualties. The Security Belt is a force trained and supported by the United Arab Emirates, a key partner in a military alliance assembled by Saudi Arabia to fight against the Houthis.

There was no immediate comment from the Yemeni government or the coalition.

International medical charity Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, wrote on Twitter that tens of wounded were hospitalised in Aden after an explosion, but later said it was a separate blast at a police station in the southern port city.

It said 10 people were killed and 16 wounded in Thursday’s suicide attack at Omar al-Mokhtar neighbourhood.