Egypt denounced on Monday a drone and missile attack on a military base in south Yemen which caused the death of dozens of Yemenis.
The deadly attack on Al-Anad Airbase in the Lahj province on Sunday killed at least 30 troops and injured over 65 others, the Spokesman for Yemen’s southern forces, Mohammed Al-Naqib, said.
Missiles and explosive-laden drones reportedly hit a barracks that housed over 50 troops and a ballistic missile hit the base’s training area.
“The Egyptian government and people extend their sincere condolences and sympathy to the Yemeni government, its brotherly people, and the families of the victims of this heinous crime,” a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The ministry wished the injured a speedy recovery and reiterated Egypt’s full solidarity and support to the Yemeni government in this great affliction.
“Egypt reaffirms the necessity to prioritise the interest of Yemen and its people through reaching a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis,” the statement read.
The ministry added that this political solution should ensure Yemen’s unity and territorial integrity and meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people in security, stability, and development.
Saudi Arabia has been intercepting hundreds of drones and missiles launched by the Houthis over the past few years since a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally recognised government.
Egypt has repeatedly expressed its full support of the coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the movement’s practices further inflame the situation in Yemen.
The Iran-backed Houthis have rejected calls for a truce by the United Nations, the United States, and Saudi Arabia this year.
The Houthis over the past months have been attempting to take the city of Marib to no avail, bearing significant losses in the process.
Thousands of fighters, mostly Houthis, have been since killed in the eastern city.