Houthis shell camp for displaced Women, children among 8 killed and 30 hurt in attack

Government soldiers man a checkpoint at a neighborhood the army took over after clashes with Houthi militants in Taiz, Yemen, in this file photo. — Reuters

Saudi Gazette report

Aden —
The Houthi militias shelled a camp for displaced people in Haradh in Yemen’s Hajjah province on Saturday, killing eight people and wounding 30 others.

According to local sources, the camp for the Shalila and Bani Al-Haddad displaced people came under heaving shelling.

Most of the dead and injured were women and children.

The displaced people of Shilila and Bani Al-Haddad villages live in the newly created camp in a desert area after they were driven from their homes by the Houthi militias on Thursday.

Meanwhile in Hodeidah, a Yemeni military source said the militias shelled grain mills and silos where wheat is stored using a number of missiles, causing severe damage.

According to the official Yemeni news agency, the militias targeted the mills in order to prevent a visit, which was scheduled for Friday by the United Nations, and to obstruct the agreement made to facilitate the distribution of relief material to Sanaa and the coastal strip.

“We are very concerned that some of our wheat stocks at the Red Sea Mills have been damaged,” said the UN World Food Programme’s Yemen director Stephen Anderson, quoted in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The WFP has 51,000 metric tonnes of wheat stored at the Red Sea Mills site on Hodeida’s outskirts, but has been unable to access the site since September last year, due to fighting, the statement said.

The UAE’s official news agency WAM said the Houthi rebels targeted the mills with a mortar shell, causing what it described as a huge fire that destroyed a large quantity of wheat.

Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency said Friday that five soldiers and a child were also killed by an exploding landmine in Al-Baida in central Yemen.

It quoted a military source who said the soldiers were trying to assist “wounded civilians targeted by another landmine in the same area” and said the Houthis planted the landmines.

In New York, Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Al-Yamani said during a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Saturday that it was important to speed up concrete steps to implement the Stockholm agreement on Hodeida, Taiz, and the file of prisoners and detainees.