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A Yemeni government fighter fires a vehicle-mounted weapon at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen March 28, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Cairo: The Yemeni government has accused Al Houthis of blocking international efforts to end a war of more than six years in the country after the Iran-aligned rebels launched a new fatal attack against civilians in the northern city of Marib.

The government said that Al Houthis Thursday evening fired two ballistic missiles and two explosive drones targeting a mosque, a women’s prisoner and ambulances in central Marib.

The attack left at least eight civilians dead and 27 others injured, according to official figures.

“This heinous Al Houthi crime came as a practical answer to moves aimed to establish peace and a flagrant defiance of international efforts,” said Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik.

“It also reflected contempt for blood of the Yemenis,” he added, according to the Yemeni news agency Saba.

The prime minister urged the international community to act to “deter these terrorist Al Houthi crimes and not to be complacent with condemnation, silence or ignoring them,” he said.

The latest attack came less than a week after Al Houthis had launched a missile and drone attack at a fuel station in Marib, killing at least 17 civilians.

In February, Al Houthis started a major offensive to seize Marib, the last government stronghold in north Yemen.

Yemen plunged into war after Al Houthis toppled the internationally recognised government there and overran parts of the impoverished country including the capital Sana’a.

The war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.