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24 Sep 2020 | 10:04 AM UTC

Yemen: Missile attack on military base in Saada province kills ten September 23

Yemen News Alert

Suspected Houthi missile attack on pro-government base in Saada province kills at least ten on September 23; further clashes likely in the area over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Saada

Event

At least ten pro-government troops were killed and around 20 others wounded after a missile attack struck a military base near the Saudi border in Saada province on Wednesday night, September 23. The suspected Houthi attack occurred across the border from Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Al Janub district. Neither Houthi nor government officials have commented on the attack.

Retaliatory strikes are possible in the coming hours and clashes are expected to continue over the medium term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and multifaceted conflict, ongoing since 2015 when Houthi rebels entered a civil war with the Yemeni government, which is supported by a Saudi-led coalition. Houthi rebels have launched hundreds of missile, rocket, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks targeting coalition forces and civilian population centers in the west and center of the country throughout the conflict. Although many of these have been intercepted by coalition air defenses, hundreds of civilians have been killed in Houthi missile strikes.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly 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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