Eryani announced through his official Twitter account that "the army forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition thwarted an assassination attempt targeting the government team in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah."
"An Iranian-made drone loaded with highly explosive materials was intercepted and detonated before attacking the residence of the government's RCC team in the Durayhmi district of Hodeidah," the minister added.
Eryani accused the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi group of repeatedly attempting to hinder the Stockholm agreement and impeding efforts exerted by the United Nations as well as the international community to solve the country's conflict.
Meanwhile, sources confirmed to Xinhua that the Houthi RCC team refused earlier in the day to participate in a meeting chaired by Patrick Cammaert, who was appointed by the UN as head of the RCC which includes representatives from Yemeni rival forces.
The sources said that the Houthi rebels launched sporadic artillery shelling on sites of the government forces in Hodeidah despite the presence of the UN-led cease-fire monitoring team.
"The lack of progress in Hodeidah in terms of the implementation of the Stockholm agreement is mainly due to the head of the UN-led RCC who steered from the course of the agreement by implementing other agendas," Abdul-Salam said on Twitter.
"The task seems to be greater than Cammaert's capabilities and it's going to be difficult to discuss other issues if the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths does not intervene to address the matter," he added.
Earlier in the day, chief of Yemen's military intelligence agency Saleh Tamah died of wounds he suffered in the Houthi drone attack on the strategic al-Anad air base in southern Lahj province three days ago.
The Houthis claimed responsibility for Thursday's operation, saying that the drone attack on the military parade in Lahj came as a "response to the continued raids of Saudi aggression targeting innocent citizens."
Yemen has been locked in a civil war since the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.
The UN has listed Yemen as the world's top humanitarian crisis, with 7 million citizens on the brink of famine.
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