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Cave Used to Store Drones Destroyed, Spokesman

A cave used to stockpile drones was destroyed by an aircraft launched by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni rebel-held capital Sanaa, Saudi state TV reported.

The cave near the presidential palace in Sanaa contained drones to be used in “terrorist operations”, Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

“The military target, a cave used by the terrorist Huthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed,” he said, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The coalition said the air raids targeted a cave used by the Houthis to store drones in a camp in the vicinity of the presidential complex, which is now controlled by the Houthis.

Last week, attempts by the Houthi militia to target the Yemen parliament, which was taken place in the city of Seiyun, were foild when the air defense downed some drones believed to be launched by the rebels, according to Alsharq Alawsat.

Earlier this month, the coalition said that Saudi air defences intercepted two drones launched by Huthi rebels from Yemen that targeted Khamis Mushait, home to a major airbase in the southwest of the kingdom.

Read: Head of Military Intelligence Dies of Wounds After Houthi Drone Attack on Airbase

In December, the warring parties reached a deal at U.N.-led peace talks for a ceasefire and troop withdrawal from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen’s lifeline for fuel and food.

The truce has largely held but the withdrawal has stalled due to mistrust among the parties, calling into question the U.N. goal of further talks to agree a framework for political negotiations to end the war. Violence and displacement also continue in other parts of Yemen not subject to the ceasefire.

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