Missile Hits Marib Governor’s House in Yemen

State television in Yemen reported that two ballistic missiles hit the home of the governor of Marib on Sunday (26/9), leaving the property ravaged with shattered furniture and burning debris.

Damage extended to a nearby mosque, but no injuries were reported, the report said.

The governor of the province, Major General Sultan al-Aradah, blamed the Houthi rebels and said he was not surprised by what had happened.

“They can target me, yes, me or the army, but target women, families and children, that’s not human. Their history is the destruction, murder and extermination of all those who disagree with them,” he added.

Governor of Marib province Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah (second from left), at a hotel in Marib, Yemen, June 21, 2021.

Governor of Marib province Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah (second from left), at a hotel in Marib, Yemen, June 21, 2021.

Yemen has been engulfed in civil war since 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north of the country.

Fighting flared again last week between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in the country’s southern province of Shabwa, killing 35 people from both sides.

Marib, about 115 kilometers east of Sanaa on the edge of Yemen’s great desert, is a strategic gateway from the central highlands to the southern and eastern provinces. [lt/uh]

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