Saudi-led coalition forces launched airstrikes on Houthi military targets in Dhamar (Dhamar province) on Sunday, September 1, killing at least 60 people and wounding 50 others. According to a coalition statement, the airstrikes targeted a military facility housing drones, missiles, and other Houthi weapons. An official with the International Committee of the Red Cross said three buildings were hit in the bombing raid, one of which was a university used as a detention center by Houthi rebels. Rescue operations to retrieve bodies from underneath the rubble are ongoing.
Additional Saudi-led coalition airstrikes are possible in Dhamar over the coming days and weeks.
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.
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.
Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile or drone attack.
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