Iran-backed Houthi Snipers target Yemeni Children on Eid day


Taiz  — Dozens of children were killed and injured during Eid al-Fitr by Iran-backed Houthi snipers and mortar shells in the southwestern province of Taiz.

The Iranian-backed rebels started their unjustified attacks on civilians the last day of Ramadan, when they targeted a densely populated area in Al Masrakh district with a rocket- propelled grenade in southern Taiz, killing 2 children and wounding four others.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights said in a statement on Friday that at least 16 children were killed or wounded after being targeted by snipers and indiscriminate shelling on residential  areas in the city of Taiz during the past few days.

“The children were targeted with shells and snipers stationed on the outskirts of Taiz, the main exits of which have been besieged by the Houthi movement since August 2015, despite the fact that the city is mostly controlled by government forces,” the ministry stated.

“We call on local and international organizations to document and condemn all crimes committed against the inhabitants of Taiz,” it added.

On the day of Eid, a sniper positioned in Alsalal hill killed Mohammed Emad and injured his parents, local residents said.

Children in the besieged Houthi-held city have been traumatized by daily artillery fire, rockets and anti-aircraft gun, aid agencies said.

13-year-old Amro Yaqop Ali was the second child to be target by a Houthi sniper positioned in Alwash Mountain.

Ali was happily playing near his house when he was shot in the head, eyewitnesses said.

A 12-year-old girl Basma Razaz Ghaleb died after a bullet fired by a sniper went through her neck and she died in the hospital five days later.

Houthi criminals don’t spare the old Yemeni women as well.

A 55-year-old Jomana was shot dead on Saturday in Osaifra neighborhood by a Houthi sniper. Her sister was also shot dead when she ran to save Jomana.

Taiz has been suffering from an unjust siege imposed by Iran-backed Houthi militia since 2015. Ever since, the Houthi militia have been committing heinous crimes against civilians amid silence among international human rights organizations.

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