Houthi-fired shells hit civilian houses in Yemen's Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-25 21:53:57|Editor: xuxin
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ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Shells fired sporadically by the Houthi rebels continued to hit houses of the civilians in different parts of the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Monday, a military official told Xinhua.

The local pro-government military official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that "a number of the citizens' houses in the district of Hays in the southern part of Hodeidah were targeted by Houthi shells several times."

One of the houses was badly affected when a Houthi-fired shell struck it, causing also severe damage to the neighboring houses in Hays, said the source.

No information, however, was given about casualties among the citizens as a result of the Houthi-fired shells.

During the past weeks, hundreds of families were forced to flee their houses due to the indiscriminate Houthi shelling against densely populated residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah, according to government sources.

Hodeidah is the main Yemeni port city on the Red Sea and key lifeline entry of most Yemen's commercial imports and humanitarian aid.

The grinding war of more than five years has pushed over 20 million people to the verge of starvation.

Iran-allied Houthi rebels control much of Hodeidah while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern districts.

The cease-fire deal was seen as the first phase toward achieving a comprehensive political solution to end the civil war.