Missile strike kills dozens in southern Yemen

A missile attack on a religious school and mosque in southern Yemen has killed and injured dozens of civilians, according to a minister from the embattled government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Many of the dead and injured were children, Abdel-Ghaffar Al-Kawarji, Yemen’s minister of infrastructure and infrastructure development, told Al-Jazeera. He said that 29 civilians were killed and 84 injured, and that a child had been “hit by shrapnel in the head.”

A resident reached by phone told Al-Jazeera that the attack had been “very big” and had sent “a huge column of smoke up into the sky.” The representative of Yemen’s coalition of foreign states, Saudi Arabia, denied that any coalition air strike had taken place. The government did not immediately respond to Al-Jazeera’s inquiries.

The attack on the school in the southern Yemen town of Wadi Abdo comes less than a week after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a schoolhouse in the town of Amran, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens.

This post has been updated with more information.


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