Houthi-fired ballistic missile kills 5 in Yemen’s Marib

At least five people were killed and nearly 40 others were wounded on Friday in a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi rebels against the northeastern province of Marib, a government official told Xinhua.

The Houthi-fired ballistic missile targeted a security camp of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in oil-rich Marib, causing a huge blast, the local government source said on condition of anonymity.

He confirmed that around five security personnel were killed by the Houthi missile attack and nearly 40 others were injured at the scene.

A medical source at Marib’s general hospital said that several security members were critically injured and need adequate medical care.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government has controlled much of Marib since it recaptured the province from the Houthi rebels in late 2015.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in early 2015 to support Hadi’s government.