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18 Jan 2020 | 03:11 PM UTC

Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills at least 40 in Marib January 18

Houthi missile attack strikes military camp in Marib January 18, killing at least 40; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

According to local media reports, at least 40 military personnel were killed and dozens of others wounded following a Houthi missile attack in Marib (Marib province) on Saturday, January 18. The strike, reportedly carried out with ballistic missiles and drones, targeted a military training camp.

Similar Houthi missile attacks targeting Yemeni government and allied forces are to be expected in Yemen over 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.