Yemen: Houthi Missile Attack Kills at Least 28 People in Mosque

A missile attack by suspected Houthi rebels targeted a mosque and religious school in the south Yemeni province of Shabwa on Tuesday, killing at least 28 and injuring 15 more, Yemen’s Human Rights Minister said in a statement on Tuesday.

The minister, Ahmed al-Qaida, said the attack on the Saeedya mosque and school occurred about 23 miles south of the capital Sanaa.

The minister said the missile strikes killed people who were in the mosque for evening prayers and the perpetrators are targeting mosques and religious schools in “youth strongholds” to destabilize the country.

U.N. inspectors have determined that Saudi Arabia and its allies used cluster bombs in their attacks in Yemen in 2017.

The inspectors assessed that at least 1,300 cluster munitions were used in Yemen, almost one-third of which were fired by Saudi-led forces.

The humanitarian group Oxfam has stated that civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen have reached a new record high this year, with over 1,400 civilian fatalities as the Saudi-led coalition imposes a blockade on ports to prevent shipments of weapons, ammunition and other aid to Houthi rebels.

Oxfam says attacks including air strikes, shelling and sea attacks have killed or injured at least 1,400 civilians this year.

More than 13 million people in Yemen, over half the population, are severely food insecure.

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