Airstrike on mosque in northern Yemen kills dozens of civilians

SANAA, Yemen — A missile attack on a mosque and a local religious school in northern Yemen killed at least 29 civilians and wounded 59 others on Sunday night, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said on Monday.

A statement read on state-run Yemeni TV said the missiles were fired from the central Saada governorate by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, an insurgent group that has been at war with the country’s internationally recognized government since 2014.

It said the attack was carried out by one missile launched from the mountains of Hadramout.

Yemen’s civil war has killed more than 10,000 people and left millions facing famine.

On Sunday, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a mosque in the western town of Hajjah province, killing 40 people, including nine women and six children, and wounding 60 others, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said.

The Shiite rebels’ news agency, al-Masirah, said a “huge military complex” used by government troops was targeted by the airstrike, resulting in the “martyrdom” of 41 members of the military, including 11 soldiers.

In November, a Saudi-led airstrike hit a Houthi-held mosque in the southern city of Aden, killing more than 80 people and wounding dozens. The attack set a multi-story building on fire.

Al-Masirah also reported Sunday that the coalition launched an airstrike on the mountain village of Abrona, which lies some 50 kilometers north of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

It did not say whether there were casualties from the airstrike on the village, but said that regime troops were able to push back rebel forces in several areas.

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