DUBAI: Yemeni Prime Minister Ma’een Abdulmalik described a Houth missile attack on a gas station in Yemen’s Marib as an extremist crime intended to foil the ongoing diplomatic efforts to make peace.
The Houthis launched a ballistic missile that struck a gas station in the Rawdha neighborhood in the central city of Marib, on Saturday, killing at least 21 people – including a 5-year-old girl – according to Ali Al-Ghulisi, the provincial governor’s press secretary.
The Iran-backed militia then launched an explosive-laden drone which destroyed two ambulances that had rushed to the area to tend to the injured.
“The Houthi militia’s terrorist attack on the gasoline station once again demonstrated that these criminal gangs are bloody, warmongers desperately seeking to spoil any effort aims to establish peace,” he said.
Abdulmalik’s statements came during his phone call with the governor of Marib Maj. General Sultan al-Erradah, Yemeni news agency Saba News reported.
The country’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani said the attack that killed 21 civilians is an extension of the continuous targeting by the Houthi militia of residential neighborhoods in Marib, with the aim of causing the largest number of casualties.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign ministry condemned the attack and expressed heartfelt condolences to the Yemeni people, the government and families of the victims.
The Arab Parliament called on the international community to intervene urgently and take decisive measures to stop these extremist crimes.
It added that the Houthis should be held accountable for their continued violations of the peace and truce efforts imposed by the Stockholm Agreement.
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