Yemen: Al Houthi mortar rounds kill footballer and his son

Abu Dhabi: A Yemeni soccer player and his son were killed on Saturday, while three other children were injured after a mortar shell, fired by the Al Houthi militia, fell on a stadium during a training session, according to government sources.

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A government official in Taiz (southwest) said a shell fired by the militias fell on the Al Ahly club stadium during the training of Naser Arraymi, a former player in Al Tali’a club, where he was training his son and other friends, killing the player along with his son Imran and wounding three other children.

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The theocratic Al Houthi militants were bombarding neighbourhoods in downtown Taiz as usual this Saturday morning, Saba news agency reported.

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The militia besieging Taiz for years frequently kills and injures civilians with bombardment from hilltops overlooking the town, Saba said.

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Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al Eryani, condemned “the heinous terrorist crime committed by the Al Houthi militia.”

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Al Eryani wrote on his Twitter account: “This heinous terrorist crime is an extension of the Iranian-backed Al Houthi militia’s approach to bombing civilian infrastructure and killing civilians in cold blood, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law, a war crime and crimes against humanity.”

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