ADEN/SANA’A, Nov 3 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Indiscriminate shelling by fighters of the Shiite Houthi group killed five children and injured three others in Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz on Thursday, a government official said.

The Houthi rebels fired mortar shells at a residential neighborhood in the outskirts of Taiz, leaving five children killed and three others injured, he said.

“Some of the mortar shells struck a house and left about three family members killed,” the source said.

“Other shells bombed a nearby house and killed two more children and critically injured three others,” he added.
Yemen’s official Saba News Agency confirmed in a short statement that “the Houthi militia committed a new massacre in Taiz by killing children.”

Last month, random shelling by the Houthi rebels killed 74 civilians, including 17 children and three women, and wounded 143 others, according to local Yemeni humanitarian organizations.

Local Yemeni officials said that the pro-Houthi forces usually targeted the residential neighborhoods controlled by the Saudi-backed government in Taiz with mortar shells and rockets, causing casualties among innocent civilians.

Yemen’s internationally-backed government, allied with the Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels over control of the country for over two years.

UN statistics showed more than 10,000 people, most of them civilians, had been killed since the coalition intervened in the Yemeni civil war that also displaced around 3 million.

The impoverished Arab country is also suffering the world’s largest cholera epidemic since April, with about 5,000 cases reported every day.

Separately, a U.S. drone strike killed two al-Qaida members in Yemen’s northeastern province of Marib on Thursday, a provincial security official said.

The suspected terrorists were targeted while driving a car in al-Huson area in al-Wadi district southeast of Marib, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Al-Qaida terrorists are very active in the oil-rich Marib, which is under control of the internationally-recognized Yemeni government forces backed by the United States and the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition.

The United States is focusing on fighting Sunni al-Qaida group in coordination with the Saudi government, while the Saudi-led coalition is backing Yemeni government forces in battling against Shiite Houthi rebels who control much of northern Yemen including the capital Sanaa.

On Oct. 8, the U.S. drones killed five al-Qaida members while driving a pickup vehicle in nearby Raghwan district, also in Marib, according to a local security official.



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