Yemen: Houthi shelling kills 29 civilians

Red Cross expresses deep concern about situation in Yemeni province

Yemen: Houthi shelling kills 29 civilians

World Bulletin / News Desk

Twenty-nine people were killed and 90 others were injured in a Houthi Shia militia shelling on Taiz province that lasted all day Thursday, sources told Anadolu Agency.

Residents told Anadolu Agency that a number of homes were also destroyed in the attacks.

Antoine Grand, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen, expressed deep concern. 

“The situation in Taiz is particularly dire, even by the standards of the appalling conditions all over Yemen, with the nearly half of the hospitals closed and streams of wounded people desperate for treatment,” Grand said.

After more than six months of conflict, the people of Taiz have been suffering severe water, food, electricity and fuel shortages, according to the Red Cross.

Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last year, when Houthi militants overran capital Sanaa, from which they extended their influence to other parts of the country. 

In March, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an extensive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi gains and restoring Hadi’s government, most members of which had fled to Riyadh.

Last month, following a string of Houthi military reverses, Hadi -- along with several members of his Saudi-backed government -- returned to the war-torn country after six months in Saudi Arabia.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ekim 2015, 12:41