29 civilians were killed after a Houthi missile attack on a mosque and religious school in Yemen

29 civilians were killed after a Houthi missile attack on a mosque and religious school in Yemen

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#YemenWar: In a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, Yemen’s information minister said 29 civilians, including women and children, were killed and injured by a Houthi missile attack on a mosque and a religious school in Marib.

In a statement, the Marib governor’s office said two ballistic missiles were used in the attack late on Sunday.

Iranian-backed Houthis did not immediately claim responsibility.

In recent months, fighting has escalated between government forces and Houthis. The United Nations reports that some 10,000 people have been displaced from Marib, the internationally recognized government’s last stronghold in the north, by fighting in September. An aid corridor is being proposed.

As a result of the war in Yemen and the resulting economic collapse and restrictions on imports into Houthi-held areas, the United Nations says 16 million people face starvation in Yemen.

Following the ouster of the Saudi-backed government from Sanaa in late 2014, a coalition of Saudi-led forces launched an intervention in Yemen in March 2015. They claim to be fighting foreign aggression and a corrupt system.

As part of an offensive that is likely to complicate international efforts for peace further, the Houthi movement announced in October that they had gained new territory in Shabwa and Marib, energy-rich provinces.

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