Video shows moment rebel drone strike hits government military parade in Yemen

UN observers have had difficulty reaching Hodeidah after a hard-won truce signed last month raising concerns

UN observers have had difficulty reaching Hodeidah after a hard-won truce signed last month raising concerns

In a flagrant violation of the peace agreement brokered by Sweden, a drone attack by Houthi rebels on a Yemeni government's military parade in Lahaj province killed several people.

The parade was taking place inside a military base in al-Anad district when an explosion rocked the area, witnesses said. Houthi Al-Masirah TV said the attack had been aimed at "the leadership of the invaders".

Following the reports, a source in the administration of Lahij Governorate told Sputnik that Chief of Staff of Yemen Abdullah Nakhi, his deputy Saleh Zindani as well as the head of the military intelligence of the country, Mohamed Tamah, were injured in the attack.

Yemen plunged into civil war in 2014 when rebels captured the capital of Sanaa.

The base was recaptured by government forces in August 2015 as they recovered territory from the rebels across the south with support from a Saudi-led military coalition. A moment later, the drone exploded overhead, pelting him and others with shrapnel.

The attack comes a day after the United Nations special envoy to Yemen said the warring parties had largely been adhering to a ceasefire agreed last month around the Red Sea port of Hudaydah, which is crucial to the delivery of aid supplies.

Fighting has largely abated in Hodeida but progress on the withdrawal has been slow. The U.N. humanitarian aid chief Wednesday accused the rebels of blocking humanitarian supplies traveling from areas under their control to government-held areas.

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The use of a drone also raised new concerns over Iran's influence in the conflict. They said the pictures and associated data from the boat's computer showed Iranians building components for its guidance system in eastern Tehran, with a hat in the background of one picture bearing the symbol of Iran's hard-line paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

Those drones have been flown into the radar arrays of Saudi Arabia's Patriot missile batteries, according to the research group Conflict Armament Research, disabling them and allowing the Houthis to fire ballistic missiles into the kingdom unchallenged.

For its part, Iran repeatedly has denied supplying the Houthis with drone or ballistic missile technology.

"The drone was packed with explosives", he added. The Ababil-T can deliver up to a 45-kilogram (100-pound) warhead up to 150 kilometers (95 miles) away.

Such drones remain hard to shoot down with either light or heavy weapons.

The drone was likely brought down using Global Positioning System co-ordinates, rather than being steered by an operator.

The officials also shared black-and-white images they said came from the "drone boat". "They needed to specifically know when those guys are in the stands to be able to target".

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