Yemen: child, 7, killed in Houthi missile attack in Marib

Yemeni government calls on international community to do more to stop rebel attacks

Soldiers loyal to Yemen’s government assemble at a battle zone with Houthi rebels in Marib.  REUTERS
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A child, 7, was killed and five people injured on Wednesday during a Houthi missile attack on a neighbourhood in Marib city in northern Yemen.

The ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed rebels struck a house in the neighbourhood of Al Rawda, in the city's north, about 9.10pm local time on Wednesday.

A medical source told The National that the child was killed and three women and two men from the same family were injured in the missile attack. The roof of the house collapsed over the family.

“Two of the women were immediately taken to the intensive-care unit due to their severe injuries," the source said.

Rafiq Mokbel, a local resident, told The National that the missile caused a huge explosion near his house.

“We heard the siren of the ambulances and of course there were casualties," Mr Mokbel said.

"Some of them are children, we heard from neighbours, because the missile blasted over a residence.

"I heard that a house was fully devastated but I don’t know how many people died."

The Yemeni government condemned the attack.

Minister of Information, Muammar Al Eryani took to Twitter on Wednesday night to criticise the international community for not doing more to stop the attacks in Marib.

Mr Al Eryani said the city, which accommodates 2 million mainly displaced people who fled the Houthi's brutality, is the target of  repeated attacks by Iran-made ballistic missiles and drones.

He also blamed the failure of special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to condemn and stop the attacks.