5 killed, 22 hurt by Houthi missile in Marib


Aden — Five people were killed and 22 wounded by a Houthi missile fired at the Yemeni city of Marib, the SABA news agency reported on Tuesday.

“Iran-backed Houthi launched a Katyusha missile targeting a crowded popular market in the city center of Marib, killing 5 people and wounding 22,” SABA said.

Meanwhile, spokesman of the Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Malki said investigations into a Turkish ship explosion last week showed that it was a deliberate attack launched from Hodaidah Port.

He said the Houthi militias bear the responsibility for violating international laws and the Law of the Sea.

During a regular press conference, Col. Al-Malki said Hodaidah Port became a point for smuggling ballistic missiles and for hostilities in the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandab strait.

The targeting of the Turkish ship will have grave repercussions on the environment as well as maritime safety, he added.

Col. Al-Malki said investigations into all the data that led to the explosion did not find suspicious material on the ship, which was carrying wheat from Russia.

According to the ship’s captain and its crew, a boat approached it within four nautical miles on the radar before disappearing as the ship was attacked by a missile, which penetrated the outer wall of the hull and damaged the tank on the side of the ship’s wall.

Col. Al-Maliki relayed the Yemeni government announcement that Houthi militias have detained many relief convoys and have prevented relief teams from moving inside Yemen.

He described these acts as a clear violation of Resolution 2216.

The Coalition spokesman said Yemen’s air, sea and land relief ports are operating at full capacity.

A total of 24,279 permits have been granted by the Coalition to relief agencies.

He said 4,475,828 people had benefitted from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in Yemen until May 21. — Agencies