At least 70 Yemeni soldiers killed in Houthi attack

At least 70 Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a missile attack launched by Houthi militants on a mosque in the central province of Marib, medical and military sources said Sunday.

The Houthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in Marib — about 170 kilometers east of Sanaa — during evening prayers on Saturday, military sources told AFP.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government has been battling the Iran-backed Houthis since 2014, when the militants seized the northern capital of Sanaa.

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi told the military on Sunday it needs to be on high alert and ready for battle following an the attack.

“The disgraceful actions of the Houthi militia without a doubt confirm its unwillingness to (achieve) peace, because it knows nothing but death and destruction and is a cheap Iranian tool in the region,” it quoted Hadi as saying.

The Houthis did not make any immediate claim of responsibility. The Houthis deny being puppets of Iran and say they are fighting a corrupt system

The conflict, which the United Nations says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

A proxy war has been playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015 to restore Hadi’s government, which the Houthis ousted from power in the capital Sanaa and is now based in the southern port city of Aden.

The Houthis deny being puppets of Iran and say they are fighting a corrupt system. – Reuters

January 19, 2020

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