Yemen: air strikes kill 29 civilians, according to interior minister

Three members of Yemeni security forces and seven civilians were also killed in clashes between forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and pro-regime Houthi fighters on Friday in Aden, as fighting erupted in other provinces

A missile attack by Houthi rebels on a Shiite Muslim mosque and a religious school in southern Yemen killed and injured 29 civilians, the interior minister said on Saturday.

According to the official, the missiles were fired from near the Saudi border. Three Yemeni security forces were also killed in clashes between forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthi fighters who control the capital Sana’a, he said.

The minister said the Houthis had attacked with two Grad rockets on Shabwa province where the commander of the loyalist Southern Resistance, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, is based.

Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen against the Houthis, says its air raids are aimed at curbing what it claims is an Iranian-backed takeover. Tehran denies aiding the rebels and accuses the Saudi coalition of targeting innocent civilians.

The official said the missile attack on the mosque in the city of Aden was the first such strike since Saudi airstrikes against the Houthis began in March.

The attack on the religious school in the city of Makha continued for more than an hour and wounded eight people, he said.

Yemen is facing one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the Middle East. Millions of people in the country are on the brink of famine and 3 million have already been driven from their homes.

The Saudi-led air strikes have cut off supplies from the Arabian peninsula’s largest port of Hodeida, stoking fears of starvation in Yemen. On Saturday UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he had asked regional powers to revive a stalled peace plan.

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