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Houthis Launch Sectarian Killing Spree in Jawf Province

Houthis Launch Sectarian Killing Spree in Jawf Province

Wednesday, 4 March, 2020 - 10:15
People carry food aid received from a local charity ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, May 5, 2019. (Reuters)

Houthi coup militias have launched a sectarian-based killing spree against civilians in the Yemeni city of Al-Hazm, located in the country’s northern Jawf province. The Iran-backed Houthis had taken over the city recently.

Sources, speaking under the conditions of anonymity, confirmed that clashes between pro-government forces and Houthis are ongoing in Al-Hazm and the rest of Jawf province.

“The National Army is spearheading fierce battles to liberate Al-Hazm from Houthi hold,” sources said.

“Houthi militias continue the campaign of abuse of citizens in the city of Al-Hazm, and they carry out a campaign of kidnappings of citizens and bombing the homes of military leaders, civilians, and anti-revolutionaries fighting in the ranks of the Yemeni national army,” sources added, confirming that Houthis executed three civilians for refusing to cooperate.

On the other hand, Militia shelling, which continued on villages and populated communities in the countryside of Al-Tahita district, south of Al-Hodeidah governorate left a civilian dead and caused property damage.

An elderly citizen was killed Monday evening in artillery shelling by the Houthi militia on the coastal area of Faza in the district of Al-Tahita.

A medical source at Al-Khokha Hospital said that Yahya Salem Hubel, 60, died moments after he arrived at the hospital due to the serious injury he had suffered.

The citizen was injured by the shrapnel of a mortar shell fired by the Houthi militia on the Al-Faza area while he was on the way while returning to his home.

A truck driver and another person were also wounded in an explosion planted by Houthis and that targeted a vehicle carrying relief aid in Al-Duraimi district south of Hodeidah.

In the field, pro-government forces foiled a Houthi infiltration in the east of the city of Hays, south of Hodeidah.

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