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Over 100 killed in Yemen missile, drone attack

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:29 AM, 20 January 2020   Updated: 03:25 PM, 20 January 2020

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Over 100 people were killed and dozens were wounded in a missile and drone attack blamed on Houthi rebels, a military rebellion of Zaidi Shia Houthis against the Yemeni military, in central Yemen, officials said Sunday.

According to Yemen officials, Saturday’s strike follows months of relative calm in the war between the Iran-backed Houthis and Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

The Houthis attacked a mosque located a military camp in the central province of Marib, about 170 km east of the capital Sanaa, during evening prayers. 

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on a mosque by the Houthi militias… which left more than 100 dead and dozens injured,” the Yemeni foreign ministry said on Twitter.

An army spokesman said that the dead included soldiers and civilians and that the Houthis would face a “ruthless” retaliation to the strike.

The victims were transported to a Marib city hospital, where a medical source earlier gave a toll of 83 dead and 148 injured.

Meanwhile, the Huthis did not make any immediate claim of responsibility. The drone and missile attack came a day after coalition-backed government forces launched a large-scale operation against the Huthis in the Nihm region, north of Sanaa. 

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