Six dead after Houthi rebels launch airstrike in Northwest Province

As many as six civilians died and 20 were seriously injured after Yemen-based Houthi militants launched a ballistic missile in Hajjah province, northwest Yemen. Yemeni civilians were celebrating a public holiday on Saturday night when the terror group launched an attack, a government official said, on the promise of unanimity. Hundreds of local residents, as well as soldiers, gathered to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the country’s 1962 revolution in a public square in downtown Midi. The Iranian-backed die-hard Islamist group has launched a brutal attack on the coastal city, which is currently under government control. Houthi fighters attempted to take control of the northern province, which falls under the presidential regime. According to a report released by Xinhua, no other casualties were reported.

Notably, it was after the 1962 revolution in Yemen that transformed the country into a republican nation. Yemen observes a public holiday on September 26 every year to mark the democratic establishment of the country, and this year’s anniversary was marked by large celebrations held in the provinces and cities ruled by the government. Yemen has notably been the scene of a massive eight-year civil war, which has been unfolding between the Yemeni government and Houthi militants backed by Iran. Earlier in 2014, the Iranian-backed militia seized territorial control over much of the country’s northern region, resulting in the forcible removal of the Yemeni president. However, four years after the coup, the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi regained control of Midi Port in 2018, after years of fierce battle with Houthi fighters.

It is relevant to mention here that the years of civil war caused a lot of chaos in the country. So far, more than 10,000 people have been killed and more than 4 million have left their homes, internally displaced. The civil war has pushed the country into an economic crisis and poor health conditions, putting the nation on the brink of famine.

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With the entries of the ANI

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