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At least five killed in blast targeting military parade in Yemen

At least five killed in blast targeting military parade in Yemen

Yemen has suffered from almost five years of conflict since the Houthi movement overthrew President Hadi’s government in late 2014 [File: Fawaz Salman/Reuters]
At least five people have died after an explosion at a military graduation parade in Yemen’s southern town of al-Dhalea, Yemen’s Security Belt forces said.
Eight people were also injured in the attack on Sunday, according to local health authority figures quoted by the Security Belt group.
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No claim of responsibility had yet been made, but the media office of the southern forces said the blast was caused by a Houthi missile.
The Security Belt forces are part of a southern separatist front in southern Yemen and are backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the fight against Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group. 
Witnesses told Reuters News Agency that an explosion took place near a guest platform during the parade and that dozens were injured or killed. They reported seeing bodies at the scene.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed al-Attab, reporting from the capital Sanaa, said that al-Dhalea is a “battlefield” between the Houthis and the internationally-recognised government forces.
“On previous occasions, the Houthis have carried out attacks on military parades,” al-Attab said. “But al-Qaeda is also active in the area.”
In August, the Houthis claimed responsibility for a missile and drone attack on a parade in Aden, the seat of the internationally-recognised government, that killed around 36 people, including a prominent commander.
Yemen has suffered from almost five years of conflict since the Houthi movement overthrew President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government in late 2014. The coup drew military intervention in 2015 by a Saudi- UAE-led coalition, trying to restore Hadi’s internationally-recognised government.
The town of al-Dhalea is controlled by southern separatist forces. It lies on the main south-to-north road linking the southern port of Aden – controlled by Hadi’s government – to the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa.
A contested front-line runs across al-Dhalea province.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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