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Two children killed in missile strikes on Yemen’s Marib – state news agency

A boy holds shrapnel of a missile at the site of Houthi missile attack in Marib
A boy holds shrapnel of a missile at the site of Houthi missile attack in Marib, Yemen, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ali Owidha

October 4, 2021

ADEN (Reuters) -Two children were killed and 33 other civilians injured in Houthi missile strikes on Yemen’s central Marib city on Sunday, the internationally recognised government’s state news agency said.

Two missiles targeted military areas in the city, residents said, while a third landed near a residential district that houses military headquarters of a Saudi Arabia-led coalition.

The state news agency said a four-year-old girl and her two-year-old brother were killed when a missile hit their house, seriously injuring their mother. It said three other women and five children, ages ranging from seven months to 16 years, were among those wounded.

There was no confirmation from the Houthi movement, which is pressing an offensive to seize gas-rich Marib, the Saudi-backed government’s last northern stronghold. United Nations-led efforts for a nationwide ceasefire have stalled.

The military coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the government from the capital Sanaa.

The conflict has dragged on, killing tens of thousands, including in coalition air strikes, and causing what the United Nations describes as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Hugh Lawson and David Clarke)

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