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Ten killed by rebel missiles in Yemen

At least 10 civilians have been killed and 25 wounded after two ballistic missiles from Yemen’s Houthi rebels stuck a religious educational facility in the central province of Marib, officials have said.

The missiles hit Dar al-Hadith – a religious school and a mosque – in the residential neighbourhood of al-Aumd and the casualties included women and children, they said.

The attack also damaged nearby houses, said the officials.

There was no immediate comment from the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have attempted for months to take oil-rich Marib to complete their control over the northern half of Yemen.

Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war since 2014, when the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa and forced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his internationally recognised government to flee to the south, and then later to Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi-led coalition entered the war the next year to try to restore the government to power.

The war has deteriorated largely into a stalemate and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The facility that was hit includes a religious school and a mosque attended by about 1200 Muslim students from across the country.

Most of the students and teachers left the area last month as the Houthis made progress in their offensive on Marib.

Moammar al-Iryani, information minister of the internationally recognised government, said the casualties included women and children.

“This horrific massacre comes after a series of systematic killings of civilians that the terrorist Houthi militia committed in the past few days” in the government-held cities of Marib and Taiz, he said.

He called on the UN Security Council and the United States to pressure the Houthis to stop their attacks on civilians and to prosecute those implicated as “war criminals”.

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