Yemen’s internationally recognized government said Saturday about 344 civilians have been killed or wounded since January due to Houthi attacks on residential areas in Marib city, home to more than one million IDPs.
In a statement published by government-owned Saba New Agency, Minister of Information Mu’amar al-Eryani said Houthi indiscriminate shelling on residential areas has killed 104 civilians, including 15 children and 4 women, and wounded 180 others, 30 of whom were children.
“Statistics show that Iranian-backed Houthi militia targeted residential areas, IDPs camps, and civilians in Marib Governorate during 1 January – 10 June 2021, with more than 55 Iranian-made ballistic missiles, 12 drones, and 3 Katyusha rockets, 6 projectiles, and 7 explosive devices,” al-Eryani said.
This is a “systematic and deliberate killing of civilians and a violation of international laws and covenants,” al-Eryani reiterated, affirming that Houthi attacks amount to war crimes as well as crimes against humanity.
The Yemeni minister called on the international community and permanent members of the UN Security Council to “assume their legal and moral mandate” and practice pressure on Houthis to put an end to the “daily killing of civilians.”
The statement comes following missile attacks on the oil-rich city of Marib on Thursday which killed 10 civilians and wounded dozen others.
Thursday’s attack was the second deadly attack in June Marib has witnessed.
On June 6, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels were accused of firing a missile attack on Al Rawdah neighborhood, leaving about 17 civilians dead, including two children, and several others wounded.