With peace talks paused, Houthi militants launch rockets, kill seven children

Published July 6th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Loyalist forces carrying a Yemeni flag while on patrol in Marib. (AFP/File)
Loyalist forces carrying a Yemeni flag while on patrol in Marib. (AFP/File)

AFP reports that a rocket fired by Houthi rebels killed seven children in Marib City on Tuesday.

Abdel Ghani Shaalan, Marib’s deputy regional director of security, confirmed to AFP that the rocket struck a courtyard in a residential neighborhood where children were playing. He stated that two other rockets hit a house and store, wounding over two dozen people.

Saleh Al-Shaddadi, the director of Marib’s main hospital, confirmed the casualities and number of the wounded.

The Houthis launched the three Katyusha rockets from Mount Haylan, ten miles west of Marib. Marib City and much of the surrounding area is controlled by Loyalist forces supporting embattled President Abedrabo Abdul Hadi.

Houthi rebels control land to the north and west of Marib.

The rocket attacks on civilians come in the midst of a break in peace negotiations. The UN-brokered negotions between Loyalists and Houthis have been taking place in Kuwait City, and are set to resume on July 15. Both groups have pulled out of talks in the past due to violence and violation of the ceasefire on both sides. 

Neither group has released a formal statement on if these rocket attacks will influence the continuation of the peace talks.

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