3 family members killed by Houthi shelling in Yemen's Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-04 22:57:32|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ADEN, Yemen, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed and six others injured when artillery shells fired by the Houthi rebels landed on their house in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Monday, said the pro-government forces.

The pro-government Giants Brigades based in Hodeidah said in a press statement that "artillery shells fired by the Houthi rebels exploded inside a house, taking the lives of three family members, in Jabalih area of Tuhyata district."

"Six other civilians including children were injured during the same Houthi artillery shelling that targeted the residential area in Hodeidah province," the statement reads.

Amid mounting tension between the two warring rivals in Yemen, many civilians have been killed and scores of others injured during the exchange of artillery shelling in Hodeidah despite a cease-fire brokered by the United Nations.

The warring forces have so far failed to withdraw from Hodeidah and its southern districts in accordance with the UN-sponsored Stockholm Peace Agreement reached last December.

On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Yemen's southern port city of Aden, warning that peace deals signed between the two warring rivals in Yemen may face collapse.

"We are now in last-chance saloon for the Stockholm peace process," he said through a short video posted on his official Twitter account.

"The process could be dead within weeks if we do not see both sides sticking to their commitments in Stockholm," he added.

The deal aimed to avert an all-out offensive on the lifeline port city, which is the key entry of Yemen's most commercial imports and international aid.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile and seized much of the country's north, including the capital Sanaa and Hodeidah.

The four-year civil war has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million others, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.