Five soldiers die during Houthi attack in Yemen's Marib

Medical sources say that five soldiers have died in Houthi attack on presidential palace in Marib province

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Soldiers loyal to Yemen's government stand next to a tank on the side of a road in the central province of Marib.

Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and another five were injured on Saturday in a rocket attack on a presidential palace in Marib province by Iranian-backed Houthi militias, medical sources said.

The conflict in Yemen started in September of last year when the Iranian-backed Houthi militias - supported by militias allied with the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh - captured the capital Sanaa, proceed to head towards the southern cities and forced the government to flee to the neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition and started launching an aerial campaign after the current Yemeni President Abd Rabuh Mansour Hadi’s request to “save Yemen.”

According to the United Nations (UN), at least 6,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, nearly half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 injured since March.

Last week, peace talks were held in Switzerland to end the war in Yemen but talks ended without agreement as a week-long ceasefire was reportedly violated by both sides time and again.  

According to the UN's Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the two warring parties will meet again on January 14, but where the meeting will take place is not defined yet, although it is expected to be either in Switzerland or in Ethiopia.

War in the country has triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen.


TRTWorld and agencies