6 killed in Houthi attack in Yemen's Mokha



A Yemeni child looks at an armoured vehicle as members of the Emirati armed forces take part in a campaign to raise awareness against mines and IEDs, south of Mokha, western Yemen, on July 22nd, 2018. [Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP]

Six people, including four civilians, were killed in an attack by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) on a military base in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha, medical sources said on Thursday (November 7th).

The strike also damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and forced its operations to be suspended.

The attack comes after weeks of relative calm in Yemen, which together with the signing of a peace deal between the government and southern separatists, had created a sliver of optimism over ending the years of conflict.

The Houthis, who have been battling the internationally recognised government, launched four ballistic missiles and drones towards a military position in Mokha, a Yemeni military official told AFP.

Medics said six people, including four civilians, were killed and 26 wounded.

"The Patriot air defence system intercepted three missiles, while a fourth landed in the military base," said the military source, who declined to be identified.

The source said the attack destroyed a weapons storage facility used by pro-government forces.

The Houthis have made no claim of responsibility.

MSF said there were no casualties among their staff or patients.

"The hospital in Mokha was damaged as a result of an attack on a nearby facility, and work there has been suspended for the time being," a representative told AFP.

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