More than 80 Yemeni soldiers killed in missile and drone attack

An attack on a military training camp in Yemen’s Marib province has killed at least 80 government soldiers and wounded hundreds of others, according to security sources.

The assault late on Saturday “involved at three missiles”.  The targets included a gathering of government forces and a weaponry warehouse.

A medical source at a Marib city hospital, where the casualties were transported, said that 83 soldiers were killed and 148 injured in the strike.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Saudi state television blamed Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are locked in a years-long conflict with government forces backed by a Saudi-UAE-led military coalition.

The attack on the military training camp followed an ongoing barrage of assaults by Saudi-backed forces on Houthi targets east of Sanaa. Those attacks killed at least 22 people on both sides, according to officials.

Yemen has been torn by violence and chaos since 2014 when the Houthis overran much of the country, including Sanaa.

The crisis escalated in March 2015 when the Saudi-UAE-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains and restoring Hadi’s government, which is now based in the southern port city of Aden.

Hadi condemned the “cowardly and terrorist” attack on Saturday, according to the official Saba news agency. The report did not give a death toll.

“The disgraceful actions of the Houthi militia without a doubt confirm its unwillingness to (achieve) peace, because it knows nothing but death and destruction and is a cheap Iranian tool in the region,” Saba quoted Hadi as saying.

The five-year war, which the United Nations says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

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