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Two Yemeni Children Killed by Houthi Mines Planted in Hodeidah

Two Yemeni Children Killed by Houthi Mines Planted in Hodeidah

Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 12:45
Armed Houthi militants shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the militia in Sanaa. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Houthi militias have escalated their military operations in Hodeidah by shelling the positions army positions and residential villages and committing more massacres against unarmed civilians.

Two siblings were killed on Sunday while their father survived in Durayhimi district, south Hodeidah, after the explosion of Houthi mines planted in the area.

Local sources said a landmine planted by the militias, before fleeing the area, exploded in Qadba village in the southern outskirts of Durayhimi, killing Yahya Mohammed Ali Omar, 10, and his sister Najwa, 11.

This incident is added to the series of crimes committed by Houthi militias against innocent civilians in Hodeidah and the West Coast after transforming cities, villages, farms and public and sub-roads to minefields before fleeing them.

These mines lead to the death of civilians, mostly women and children, on a daily basis.

This incident comes one day after the death of a woman and the injury of others from the same family as a result of Houthi shelling on a residential neighborhood in Hays district, south Hodeidah, according to local sources.

“Houthi militias have fired heavy artillery shells at civilian houses in Hays district, one of which fell at Mohammed Naji Hamid’s house, killing Wafa Ahmed Ghaleb Jamal and wounding Salama Hassan Hammadi, Munir Abdullah Salem, in addition to the children, Qaboos and Raad Mohammed Naji, whose injuries were critical,” sources explained.

On the other hand, battles resumed in Masloub district, Jouf province, between the national army and Iran-backed militias.

While National Army forces carried out military operations against insurgents in Taiz, Saada, Dhala, and al-Bayda, the militias continued their military escalation and sent new military reinforcements to Hodeidah, the second largest port in Yemen after Aden.

Over the past few hours, the militias have suffered heavy human and material losses, including the death of Houthi leaders in battles with the National Army and raids carried out by the Saudi-led Coalition.

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