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A shell fired by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia hit a wedding hall in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, killing five women. Image Credit: AP

Cairo: A shell fired by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia hit a wedding hall in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, killing five women, local media reported Saturday.

Seven others, including seven children, were injured in the Friday attack on the women-only hall, Yemeni news portal Aden Al Ghad said.

The shell had been fired by Al Houthis from the eastern part of the city that is under the rebels’ control, witnesses and local sources told the website.

The attack comes a day after five workers had been killed in shelling by Al Houthis of a commercial complex in Hodeida, it added.

Over 100 injured

Military escalation has recently heightened in war-wracked Yemen. On Wednesday, a huge explosion hit the Aden airport killing 25 people and injuring over 100 others.

The blast occurred as a plane carrying members of the newly formed government landed at the airport from Saudi Arabia. The Yemeni government has accused the Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia of standing behind the attack.

Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict in late 2014 when they toppled the internationally recognised government and seized the capital Sana’a.