Yemen death toll rises after mosque attack

Written by Staff Writer

Editor’s Note — Omar Abdeleli is a Yemen-based CNN contributor

A missile attack on a mosque and a school in Yemen’s Western Hadramout province killed at least 29 civilians and injured several others, the country’s minister of information has said.

Mohammed al-Bajadi, the minister, gave the death toll during a news conference in Sanaa Friday. The attack came a day after Saudi Arabia launched another round of air strikes against Shiite rebels in northern Yemen.

On Friday, the official SABA news agency blamed pro-government forces but later recanted the allegation, adding that it was the work of “hostile groups, terrorist organizations and enemy nests.”

CNN cannot independently verify the attack, and the Saudi-led coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates, has been bombing the rebels, known as Houthis, since March 26. The rebels have been accused of links to Iran, charges denied by the coalition.

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