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Yemen says 39 civilians killed in rebel missile attack in Marib

A picture shows the exterior of a mosque in Yemen's northern strategic city of Marib, on November 1, 2021, following a Houthi rebel missile strike during which at least 22 people were killed [STR/AFP via Getty Images]
A picture shows the exterior of a mosque in Yemen's northern strategic city of Marib, on November 1, 2021, following a Houthi rebel missile strike during which at least 22 people were killed [STR/AFP via Getty Images]

At least 39 civilians were killed in a rebel missile attack in Yemen's central Marib province, according to the government on Monday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Deaths in Yemen Conflict - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

Deaths in Yemen Conflict – Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

Late Sunday, two ballistic missiles struck a residential neighbourhood in Al-Jubah district, south of Marib, the local authority in Marib said in a statement.

Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani said the missiles hit a mosque and Dar Al-Hadith (a building used for religious studies) in the densely populated Al-Amoud area.

He said several people were also injured in the attack.

Local authorities had earlier put the death toll from the attack at 29.

On Thursday, the Yemeni government accused Houthi rebels of killing 13 civilians in a missile attack on Al-Jubah district in Marib.

There was no comment from the Houthi group on the accusation.

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Since February, Iran-aligned Houthi rebels have stepped up attacks to take control of the oil-rich Marib province, one of the most important strongholds of the legitimate government, and home to the headquarters of Yemen's Defence Ministry.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital, Sana'a.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation and caused one of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crises, with 233,000 people killed, nearly 80 percent, or about 30 million, needing humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 13 million in danger of starvation, according to UN estimates.

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