Yemen: 20 killed in attack on mosque, school near port city of Mokha

(CNN) — A missile attack on a mosque and a religious school killed at least 29 people and wounded 50 on Sunday, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported.

The attack reportedly occurred in the city of Mokha, in southern Yemen. It occurred during morning prayers.

It was unclear if the attack was carried out by Al Qaeda militants or Houthi rebels. Al Qaeda controls much of the restive area.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s backing Yemen’s ousted government will continue its military campaign against Houthi forces, which control the northern part of the country, until they are defeated, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

“The coalition considers the Houthis to be an international terrorist group that threatens international peace and security,” he said in an interview broadcast on Egyptian state TV on Sunday.

The coalition intervened in the civil war in March 2015 to support Yemen’s then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh against the Houthis, whom he had formed an alliance with in the struggle against the internationally recognized government, now led by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Civil war in Yemen has killed at least 10,000 people, displaced 2 million and unleashed a famine, according to the United Nations. The world body estimates the humanitarian crisis “requires an urgent, comprehensive and sustained approach.”

The fighting has also contributed to the country’s worst cholera outbreak in decades, killing some 3,000 people and sickening tens of thousands more, according to the UN’s World Health Organization.

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