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25 Feb 2019 | 07:40 PM UTC

Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills 12 soldiers in Saada province Feb. 24

Yemen News Alert

Houthi missile attack kills 12 Hadi government soldiers near Al-Buqa (Saada province) February 24; similar Houthi attacks targeting Yemeni government forces expected over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Al-Buqa (Saada province)

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Event

A Houthi missile attack killed at least 12 Hadi government soldiers and wounded 60 others near the Al-Buqa border crossing in Saada province on Sunday, February 24. The attack reportedly comes as Yemeni government forces advance on fortified Houthi positions in the province. Similar Houthi missile attacks targeting Yemeni government and allied forces are to be expected in Yemen over the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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