The attack comes a week after the Houthis' first deadly attack on the United Arab Emirates, marking an escalation in the seven-year war
A Yemeni fighter from the UAE-trained Giants Brigade, mans a position near the village of Jafra on the outskirts of Marib, on 26 January 2022 (AFP)
Published date: 27 January 2022 07:43 UTC | Last update: 6 sec ago
Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday killed five people and wounded 23 others in a ballistic missile attack on the strategic northern city of Marib, the government’s last stronghold in the north, a medical source said.
The medic said that "two soldiers and three civilians were killed" in the strike, which the Houthis claimed on Twitter.
The Iran-aligned Houthi movement has been fighting to capture Marib, located in an oil-rich province of the same name, for months.
A pro-government military source also told AFP that a ballistic missile shot by the Houthis landed in the city.
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Following a series of territorial defeats, the Houthis launched an attack on the UAE, killing three people and leading to a major escalation in the seven-year war pitting the rebels against Yemen's internationally recognised government.
The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the rebels in support of the government.
Wednesday's attack on Marib also came two days after the insurgents' latest missile attack on the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, and more than a week after its first deadly attack on UAE soil.
US precision-guided munition
The attack in rebel-held Saada killed at least 70 people dead and wounded more than 100, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Friday. The coalition has denied being behind the attack.
But Amnesty said its arms experts used "photos of the remnants of the weapon" to identify a GBU-12 500-pound "laser-guided bomb used in the attack".
Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the war in Yemen, which the United Nations has labelled one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.