Five women were killed when rockets were fired at a wedding venue Friday night through Saturday in Hodeidah, southwestern Yemen, eyewitnesses and a local official said.

Damn wedding in Yemen - Rocket fell in the hall (harsh images)
Damn wedding in Yemen - Rocket fell in the hall (harsh images)

The rocket hit an event hall near Hodeidah Airport, on the front line between government forces and Shiite Houthi rebels who control the Red Sea coastal city, eyewitnesses said.

The two sides blamed each other for the attack.

General Sadiq Dwight, a spokesman for the UN-sponsored joint commission overseeing the ceasefire in Hodeidah, described the blast, which injured seven people, including children, as "a shameful crime". "Houti against civilians."

"We condemn this heinous crime committed by the Houthis, who targeted this event hall," Dwight said.

The Hodeidah governor appointed by the Houthis, Mohammed Agias, has blamed government forces for the attack. "Enemy forces are committing crimes and do not hesitate to blame others," he told the Houthi-controlled al-Massirah television network.

On June 13, 2018, pro-government forces, with the support of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, launched a campaign to retake Hodeidah, the main port of entry for humanitarian aid to Yemen.

On December 13 of the same year, the UN announced the conclusion of an agreement to temporarily cease hostilities, mainly in Hodeidah, following talks between the Yemeni government and the Houthis in Sweden.

The truce is more or less observed until today.

A major attack on Aden airport in Yemen on Wednesday as the new government arrived in the country's interim capital.

At least 26 people were killed in the attack, for which the government blamed the Houthis, but they have not officially claimed responsibility.

The protracted war in Yemen has plunged the country, the poorest in the Arabian Peninsula, into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN, with tens of thousands dead, millions displaced and a population on the brink of starvation.

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