One Yemeni killed others injured in Hodeida shelling

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2019-09-09 | Since 6 Month


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Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Houthi group traded Monday blames for shelling residential quarters in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, leaving one civilian killed and other injured.

Jizan street in Hodeida saw fierce shelling exchanged between forces of government and Houthis, leading to explosion of a Houthi arms depot, said local sources.

Shrapnel flying out of exploded ammunition killed a civilian, wounded others and damaged private properties, the sources added.

Eight months ago, Houthis turned a hanger used for plastic manufactories into a depot for storing arms inside al-Za'afran residential quarter, according to sources.

A source at the government troops accused Houthis of violently shelling their sites with Katyusha rockets and heavy mortar.

But the Houthi-run al-Masyra TV quoted its reporter in Hodeida as saying that ten people had been injured by government rocket shelling on Za'afran quarter.

The "mercenaries fired 4 Katyusha missiles at Za'afran neighborhood in Hodeida," the reporter added.

Late Sunday, eastern part of Hodeida witnessed fierce clashes between two warring parties, hours after their meeting as part of the Redeployment Coordination Committee.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

Yemen conflict hastriggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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