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

A Yemeni military official says an American drone strike has killed nine suspected al Qaida militants and inadvertentl

A Yemeni military official says an American drone strike has killed nine suspected al Qaida militants and inadvertentl

A bomb-laden drone flown by Yemen's Houthi rebels flew into a military parade on Thursday outside of the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six troops from a Saudi-led coalition and their allies in a brazen attack threatening U.N. -brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the Arab world's poorest nation.

At least six people were killed, medical officials said.

Saudi-owned broadcaster Al-Arabiya said five were killed and several others injured when the combat drone struck a military base in al-Anad district, where a military parade was taking place.

Some 12 more Saudi-backed forces were also wounded in the retaliatory attack, according to the report.

The invaders have, however, failed to achieve their objective in the face of strong resistance by Yemeni Houthi fighters and allied armed forces. The U.S. supported the coalition for years despite its airstrikes killing civilians, and is only recently beginning to step back after the October killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents. The U.N. humanitarian aid chief Wednesday accused the rebels of blocking humanitarian supplies traveling from areas under their control to government-held areas.

The use of drones also raised new concerns over Iran's influence in the conflict.

Houthi media quoted its military describing the drone as a new variant of its Qasef, or "Striker", drone.

Iran has been accused by the USA and the United Nations of supplying ballistic missile technology and arms to the Houthis, something Tehran denies. The Qasef-2K has been created to explode at a height of 20 metres (about 65 feet) and rain shrapnel on its target, according to the Houthis.

He added that drone carried between 70 and 100 kilogrammes of explosives, and was detonated while flying over the main stage of the military parade after an "accurate surveillance of the enemy commanders' movements".

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

Qasef drones are launched with pre-programmed coordinates to follow, unlike other drones where a pilot flies it with a video link, said Jeremy Binnie, a weapons expert who works as the Middle East and Africa editor at Jane's Defence Weekly.

The Qatef-2K, which the Houthis said they used in Thursday's attack, similarly resembles the Iranian designs. "They do have excellent intelligence on the ground".

Associated Press writers Brian Rohan and Maggie Michael in Cairo and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed.

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