The Arab Republic of Egypt has expressed its strong condemnation of the targeting the Houthi militia of one of the border villages in Al-Arda Governorate in the Jizan region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a military projectile, wounding a man and two children.
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt reaffirmed that the government and people stand by the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its confrontation with brutal terrorism and its supporters, and in the measures it is taking to preserve its security and stability and protect its citizens from such cowardly and despicable attacks.
Egypt also expressed sincere wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured Saudi brothers.
The Houthi militia used to carry out many attacks such as a missile strike by Iran-backed Houthis that killed 10 workers in an industrial complex in the western Yemeni city of Hodeidah which led to calls for the rebels to be “named and shamed” over the targeting of civilians.
The deadly attack brings the total number of civilians killed or wounded in similar strikes to 51 since November 22.
A local security officer said that six workers were also wounded when the Houthi missile landed inside the Thabet Brothers warehouse complex.
“The missile was aimed precisely at the plant,” an officer said. He rejected claims that government forces were responsible for the attack, saying: “The missile was launched from an area under Houthi control.”
Media outlets affiliated with the Giants Brigades, a military unit fighting for the government, first reported that four workers were killed and eight wounded in the missile strike, showing graphic images of several corpses. Later, they reported that 10 civilians were killed and six wounded.
Along with other business operations in Yemen, the Hodeidah industrial complex has been a frequent target of Houthi rebels, most recently on November 18 when shelling sparked a huge fire at the site.
Another explosive-laden drone targeting the southern part of Saudi Arabia was intercepted and destroyed by the Arab coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said that the booby-trapped drone was aimed at civilians and civilian facilities in the region.
Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, later condemned the attempted strike.
The condemnation came as a UN report warned that famine-like conditions have returned to parts of Yemen, with almost half the population facing major food shortages.
Aid agencies say time is running out to prevent mass starvation.
About 45 percent of Yemen’s population is facing acute food insecurity, according to a UN analysis, with more than 16,500 people on the brink of famine.
Houthis have stepped up ground attacks and mortar shelling on government areas in Hodeidah in a bid to end months of military stalemate and seize control of new areas in the province.
In seven days alone between November 22 and November 29 land mines and shelling by the militants killed and wounded 35 people in several locations in Hodeidah.
The deadliest attack was on November 29 when a Houthi mortar attack killed eight people and wounded several others in a village in Hodeidah’s Durihimi district.
Militia attacks on civilian targets have triggered widespread condemnations from inside and outside Yemen as activists and officials call for more pressure on the Houthis.