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'Yemeni govt officials survive Houthi drone attack in Hodeidah'

IANS  |  Aden 

A team of officials survived an attack by a drone in the port city of on Sunday, Yemen's said.

Eryani announced through his official account that "the forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition thwarted an assassination attempt targeting the government team in the (RCC) in "

He said that a drone manufactured in attempted to target the government's RCC team commanded by Sagheer Aziz, reports

"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 added.

Eryani accused the Iranian-backed Shiite group of repeatedly attempting to hinder the agreement and impeding efforts exerted by the 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 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 despite the presence of the UN-led cease-fire monitoring team.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, of the Houthi rebel group, blamed Cammaert for failing to achieve progress in implementing the agreement.

"The lack of progress in Hodeidah in terms of the implementation of the agreement is mainly due to the of the UN-led RCC who steered from the course of the agreement by implementing other agendas," Abdul-Salam said on

"The task seems to be greater than Cammaert's capabilities and it's going to be difficult to discuss other issues if the UN to does not intervene to address the matter," he added.

Earlier in the day, of Yemen's military intelligence agency died of wounds he suffered in the Houthi drone attack on the strategic in southern province three days ago.

was born in 1950 in and was appointed by the internationally-backed Yemeni to lead the military intelligence agency last year.

Fourth and the of Lahj, Ahmed Abdullah Turki, are still receiving treatment in Aden.

The claimed responsibility for Thursday's operation, saying that the drone attack on the military parade in came as a "response to the continued raids of Saudi aggression targeting innocent citizens."

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.

leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in in 2015 to support the government of Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

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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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 05:00 IST