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Ballistic missile kills at least 11 civilians in Yemen

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Security officials say at least 11 civilians were killed when a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis hit their home in Yemen’s central Marib province

SANAA, Yemen – At least 11 civilians, including women and children, were killed when a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit their home in Yemen’s central province of Marib, officials said on Friday. of security.

The victims were from the family of a key tribal chief and lived in the residential area of ​​Al-Aumd. At least 11 other homes were damaged and 16 civilians were injured in Thursday’s attack, officials said, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The Houthis have been trying for years to take the oil-rich Marib to complete their control over the northern half of Yemen. In recent months, they have accelerated their push. The fighting has made a large number of fighters on both sides in recent weeks.

The conflict left some 154 civilians injured and killed in the first six months of 2021, according to the United Nations refugee agency. June has so far been considered the deadliest month, with 35 civilians, including children, killed in bombings and missile attacks, the UNHRC said.

The war has also displaced around 170,000 people who lived in and around the city and surrounding province, also known as Marib, as well as two neighboring provinces, since the start of 2020, the UN said.

The Saudi-led coalition went to war in March 2015, backed by the United States, in an attempt to bring the government back to power. Despite a relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war has largely deteriorated to a stalemate and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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