Yemeni Shiite militias of Houthis backed by Iran fired a ballistic missile Saturday on a government-held city of Marib, killing at least 17 people, including a 5-year-old girl, Al-Arabiya news cited an official.
“The missile hit a gas station in the Rawdha neighborhood in Marib, according to Ali al-Ghulisi, the Marib governor’s press secretary,” the news agency reported.
According to the source, dozens of people were wounded in the attack. There was no immediate comment neither from the Houthis, nor from Iran.
The US State Department said Friday after its top diplomat for the war-torn country returned to Washington, that the Houthi militia continues to block progress towards reaching a ceasefire in Yemen.
“The Houthis continue a devastating offensive on Marib that is condemned by the international community and leaves the Houthis increasingly isolated,” the State Department said in a statement following Special Envoy Tim Lenderking’s sixth publicized trip to the region.