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07 Jan 2020 | 04:48 AM UTC

Yemen: 11 soldiers killed in missile attack in the Dhaleh governorate January 7

Rebels attack military camp and kill 11, injure 20 on January 7 in the Dhaleh governorate; similar attacks possible over near term

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Event

At least 11 Yemeni soldiers were killed and another 20 were injured on Tuesday, January 7, following a Houthi missile attack in the Dhaleh governorate. The attack was launched against a military camp in the southern province where the soldiers were based.

Further such attacks are possible in the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.