A report released by Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV), also known as Rasd Coalition, has shed light on civilian casualties in Marib city as a result of Houthi indiscriminate shelling on residential areas as well as randomly planted landmines.
Entitled ‘MARIB .. Civilians between shelling and mines’ the report documented 2032 cases of deaths and injuries due to mines and Houthi-launched missiles and artillery shelling on populated areas in the government-held city of Marib.
“The field monitors of the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violation (Rasd Coalition) verified the Houthi militia’s responsibility for the killing and wounding of (2032) civilians, including (294) children, (132) women and (104) elderly men, through the deliberate targeting of populated neighborhoods and IDPs camps and a number of civilian objects that have been subjected to continuous missiles and artillery bombardment and drone attacks, as well as the planting of mines and IED networks in every place they have reached, and at the areas under the control of the legitimate government in the governorate,” YCMHRV said in its report.
According to the 81-page report, the death toll of civilians reached 440 since December 2014, including 91 children, 42 women, and 36 elderly people.
In February, the Iran-backed Houthi militia renewed a full-scale offensive to seize oil-rich Marib city, which is home to over one million IDPs.
Since then, fierce fighting has been taken place between the rebels and government forces, resulting in the killing of hundreds of fighters on both sides.