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05 Feb 2020 | 02:25 PM UTC

Yemen: Fatalities reported following suspected Houthi missile strike in Marib province February 5

At least eight civilians killed following suspected Houthi missile strike in Marib province February 5; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

According to government officials, at least eight civilians were killed in a Houthi ballistic missile attack in Rawda (Marib province) on Wednesday, February 5. No claim of responsibility has been issued by the Houthis as of Wednesday evening (local time). 

Similar attacks 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.