Yemen: 172 killed in Taiz from militia fire last month

Yemenis take part in a demonstration following the Friday prayers in the second largest city of Taiz last year against Houthi militias. (AFP)

At least 172 people were killed in the Yemeni city of Taiz due to indiscriminate fire from Houthi militias and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh last month.

“Many of those killed in November were women and children. They were killed by either sniper fire or rocket attacks from Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh forces on residential neighborhoods of Taiz,” a spokesperson from the coalition’s humanitarian assistance in Taiz was quoted by Saudi Press Agency as saying.

Yemen’s news agency reported that last month 143 men were killed and 504 injured, 23 children died and 130 others were wounded while six women were killed and 52 others injured.

A coalition statement also documented 65 houses and commercial buildings were damaged by rocket attacks, while nine houses were destroyed because of improvised explosive devices.

The statistics come a day after United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed left Aden in Yemen heading to Riyadh after meeting with Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the leaders of the government.

The SABA news agency said that the UN envoy quoted Hadi saying during the meeting that he is “keen on the peace negotiations and that he looks forward to a serious peace process that would end any emerging war and would pave the way for a secure future for Yemen and future Yemeni generations.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53