At least eight civilians were killed after the shelling of an industrial complex in Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeidah, according to the Yemeni government’s statement on Friday.
At least eight civilians were killed after suspected Houthis opened fire at an industrial complex in Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeidah, according to the Yemeni government’s statement on Friday.
Government authorities blamed the Iran-backed Houthi militants for the fatal attack.
According to state-run Saba news agency, Yemeni Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani condemned the shelling of the Thabit Brothers industrial compound that happened on Thursday, calling it a “horrific terrorist attack”.
Al-Eryani also said that eight workers died and 13 others were wounded during the shelling.
Clashes have been escalating within the port of Hodeidah where a tenuous UN-brokered armistice has greatly helped to prevent major battles between government forces and the Houthi insurgents.
The United Nations Mission to support the Hodeida Agreement (UNMHA) also condemned the deadly attack, urging all forces to maintain the truce to prevent further casualties.
“In addition to being a working factory servicing the population and providing employment, the site of the industrial complex is being considered as one of the possible locations of a UNMHA office,” it said on Thursday.
Yemen has been plagued with violence since war broke out between the Houthi rebels and a beleaguered government supported by the Saudi-led military coalition.
According to UN, Yemen currently faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
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