The assault comes as Omani delegation arrives for mediating peace talks between the Yemeni authorities and Houthi rebels.
Not less than 17 folks, together with a five-year-old woman, have been killed after a ballistic missile focused the Yemeni metropolis of Marib in an assault the federal government blamed on the Houthi rebels.
The missile hit a petroleum station within the Rawdha neighbourhood, mentioned Ali al-Ghulisi, the provincial governor’s press secretary.
Data Minister Moammar al-Eryani mentioned the assault wounded at the least 5 others and all casualties have been civilians.
He referred to as on the UN and the US to sentence the assault, saying it amounted to a struggle crime.
There was no quick remark from the Houthis.
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil struggle since 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthis swept throughout a lot of the north and seized the capital, Sanaa, forcing the internationally recognised authorities into exile.
The Saudi-led coalition entered the struggle the next yr on the facet of the federal government.
The struggle has killed greater than 130,000 folks and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
The federal government-run SABA information company reported that the Houthis additionally launched an explosive-laden drone shortly after the missile assault.
It mentioned the drone destroyed two ambulances that had rushed to the world.
Since February, the Houthi rebels have been making an attempt to seize Marib to attempt to full their management over the northern a part of Yemen.
Saturday’s assault got here only a day after the US particular envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, accused the Houthis of failing to attempt to attain an urgently wanted ceasefire.
Lenderking’s remarks got here in a press release late on Friday after his return from a Center East diplomatic mission on Yemen that took him to Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Omani delegation in Sanaa
An Omani delegation, in the meantime, arrived in Sanaa for talks with Houthi leaders to advance the peace course of, in accordance with Mohammed Abdul-Salam, chief Houthi negotiator.
“We arrived in Sanaa accompanied with a delegation from the Omani Sultanate workplace in an try to immediate the method of settling the humanitarian disaster, in addition to the peace course of because it serves the nation’s curiosity and the neighbouring international locations pursuits,” Abdul-Salam mentioned.
The go to got here after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by cellphone on Friday with Omani Overseas Minister Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al-Busaidi.