Houthi shelling kills 4 children in Yemen's Taez

Houthi shelling of a residential neighbourhood of Yemen's third-largest city Taez killed four boys aged between seven and 15, AFP reported a local official as saying on Tuesday (September 19th).

The city is largely in the hands of the Saudi-backed government but has been a key battlefield in the conflict that has gripped Yemen since March 2015 as the Houthis (Ansarallah) hold much of the surrounding countryside.

Monday evening's shelling hit the residential neighbourhood of al-Jamaliya, one of the oldest in the city, the official said.

It followed a similar bombardment on Friday which killed three children, two of whom were playing football at the time.

Those deaths drew condemnation from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch.

"What happened on Friday is yet another stark reminder of the immense suffering that civilians across Yemen are enduring in their daily lives," said ICRC regional director for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini.

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