File picture shows pro-Houthi militiamen in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: A ballistic missile fired from Yemen by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militia fell in the middle of civilians and infrastructure in the city of Ma’rib,, the Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said on Tuesday.

This is the second such attack on the historic Yemeni city in a week.

The Houthi militia had first targeted a civilian area in the city famous for its dam last Wednesday night, and injured a number of innocent people, according to the Arab Coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki Al Maliki.

“The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched this evening a ballistic missile from Yemen, the missile fell among civilians and infrastructure in Ma’rib city,” he said.

“The Al Houthi militia continues to violate the international humanitarian law by indiscriminately launching ballistic missiles that fall on civilians and residential areas, threatening the lives of hundreds of civilians in the process,” he added.

He continued, “This launch is a deliberate escalation by the Houthi militia, targeting civilians and civilian objects in Yemen and neighboring countries.”

He stressed that the Coalition forces will continue to undertake all decisive, deterrent measures to neutralise and destroy these ballistic capabilities to protect civilians in Yemen, and safeguard regional and international security.

A new UN report endorsed long-standing claims that weapons “of Iranian origin” were used in several attacks against Saudi Arabia last year and have been exported to the Houthis in Yemen.

The report provided evidence for US officials in their case to extend the arms embargo on Iran and further calls into question Tehran’s public commitments to dialogue and the nuclear deal.