8 killed in Houthi attack in Yemen

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-26 23:52:06|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SANAA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's government announced on Saturday the death of eight people in a projectile attack by Houthi rebels that targeted a camp for displaced people in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah.

More than 27 others, mostly women and children, were wounded in the rebel attack, government-run Saba news agency reported, citing an unnamed local source.

It said the injured were transported to a al-Tiwal hospital in Saudi border city of Jizan.

The camp has been recently established for families from Shalilah and Bani al-Haddad village after they fled daily battles between the government forces and Houthi rebels in the Yemeni border district of Harad.

The displaced camp is located near Harad in a desert area controlled by the government forces, which also control the northern part of Harad, just a few kilometres away from Jizan. While the southern part of Harad is under the Houthis' control.

There was no comment yet by Houthis on Saturday's attack.

On Friday, the Houthi al-Masirah TV reported the death of four people in a Saudi-led airstrike that targeted a house in Mastaba district south of Harad. The coalition did not comment on the rebels' report.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile and seized much of the country's north, including the capital Sanaa.

The United Nations has been trying to broker a peace deal between Yemeni rival parties to end four-year civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, and displaced 3 million others and pushed the country on the brink of famine.