Crimes and Violations

Houthi-planted mine kills one child, injures two others

Republican Yemen

One child was killed and another two injured Monday in an explosion of a land mine laid by the Iran-aligned Houthis south Marib province, local sources said.

According to the sources, a child named Ali Ahmed al-Wa’al was killed and his brother and another child sustained critical injuries who were playing when a Houthi-laid mine went off in Al Abdiah district south Marib city.

Marib, which is the last northern stronghold of the Yemeni government, has been witnessing months of fierce fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels.

The fighting has killed thousands of fighters from both sides, yet the rebels are facing difficulties making a significant advance on the ground.

In early February, the Biden administration revoked the designation of the Houthi group as a terrorist organization in an attempt to encourage the rebels to be part of a peace deal aimed at ending the seven-year war that triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history.

The move, however, emboldened the Houthi rebels, who took it as an opportunity, to launch a wide-scale offensive to capture the oil-rich city, threatening years of peace efforts, including the recent push from the United States.

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