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Yemeni officials say Houthi rebels fired three ballistic missiles at central government-held town, killing two children and injuring more than 30

SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni rebels fired three ballistic missiles on Sunday at a central government-held town, killing two children and injuring more than 30 people, officials said.

The attack was the latest by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against Marib, as they have been trying for months to retake the energy-rich city from the internationally recognized government of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The missiles landed in the residential area of ​​Rawdha, according to Ali al-Ghulisi, press secretary to the governor of the province.

He said the dead include Ghozlan Feisal, 4, and his Radad, 2. At least 32 other people were injured, including five children and four women, he said. Among those injured were a mother and her seven-month-old child, both in serious condition, al-Ghulisi said.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis on the attack.

The missiles destroyed two houses, damaged 10 others in the neighborhood and burned eight vehicles, he said.

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been trying since February to capture Marib from the internationally recognized government, which would complement their control over northern Yemen.

However, they did not make substantial progress and suffered heavy casualties amid heavy resistance from government forces aided by the Saudi-led coalition supporting them. Fighting has intensified in recent weeks, killing more than 130 fighters, most of them Houthis.

The rebels fired ballistic missiles and sent drones to Marib, often hitting civilian areas and IDP camps. In June, they hit a gas station in the same area of ​​Rawdha with a missile and drones loaded with explosives, killing at least 21 people, including a father and 2-year-old daughter.

At the time of the June attack, the rebels said they had targeted military camps in the city, although they provided no evidence to support their claim.

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