SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemeni rebels backed by Iran fired missiles at the central city of Marib on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring up to 27, the state news agency reported.

It was the second such attack on Marib in nearly a week as rebels attempt to seize the key city from internationally recognized government forces to complete their control over the northern half of the country.

Yemeni state-run news agency SABA said a mosque and a women’s prison in Marib were hit in Thursday’s attack. The report says the Houthis fired four ballistic missiles and dropped explosives carried by drones.

Despite their months-long offensive on Marib, the Houthis have made no substantial progress and suffered heavy casualties amid heavy resistance from government forces aided by a Saudi-led coalition fighting alongside the government. . The Houthis were largely confined to the outskirts of Marib, their artillery only occasionally striking inside the city.

Thursday’s attack on Marib was the second in nearly a week. In the previous attack, at least 17 people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed last Saturday. The Houthis made no immediate comment, although they accused the coalition of carrying out nearly two dozen airstrikes on their territories in the past two days.

Yemen has been in a civil war since 2014, when the Iranian-backed Houthis swept much of the north and seized the capital, Sana’a, forcing the government into exile. The Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict the following year.

The war killed more than 130,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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