ADEN, Yemen, A team of Yemeni government officials, survived an attack by a Houthi drone, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, Yemen's Information Minister, Muamar Eryani, said.
Eryani announced that, "the armed forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition thwarted an assassination attempt, targeting the government team in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah."
He said, a Houthi drone attempted to target the government's RCC team, commanded by Sagheer Aziz.
"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 of repeatedly attempting to hinder the Stockholm agreement and impeding efforts by the UN, as well as, the international community, to solve the country's conflict.
Sources confirmed that, the Houthi RCC team refused 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.
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, spokesman of the Houthi rebel group, blamed Cammaert for failing to achieve progress, in implementing the Stockholm agreement.
"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.
"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 the southern Lahj province, three days ago.
Tamah was born in 1950, in Lahj and was appointed by the internationally-backed Yemeni President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to lead the military intelligence agency, last year.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK