January 18, 2020: Houthi terrorists shell mosque in Yemen

On January 18, 2020 Houthi terrorists launched an attack on a mosque in Yemen, killing 83 soldiers and injuring 148 during evening prayers.

MA’ARIB, YEMEN – Remind me again how targeting people at prayer is OK.

For a heck of a lot of people worship is a very important part of their lives. Whether it is personal prayer or collective services – even those who show up once a year at best (e.g. midnight mass for some Christians at Christmas time) – the absence of this opportunity to recognise/thank/beg one’s Creator would hurt.

When it comes to collective gatherings there is a sense of community. I am sure there are also social benefits and even perhaps personal/economic ones: lots of faith bodies go to the aid of their less fortunate members identified in part through these common events.

Hey God! Me here…um, are you listening? (Photo: Thank You (22 Millions+) views on flickr, CC BY 2.0)

How bad is it, then, when a group of fellow believers is attacked in the very act of prayer?

On this day in 2020

Houthi terrorists launched a drone and missile attack on a mosque in Ma’arib, Yemen, killing 83 soldiers and injuring 148 during evening prayers. The atrocity came a day after coalition-backed government forces launched a large-scale operation against the Houthis in the Nihm region, north of Sana’a.

The disgraceful actions of the Huthi militia without a doubt confirm its unwillingness to [achieve] peace, because it knows nothing but death and destruction and is a cheap Iranian tool in the region.

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

I understand, even though I cannot support, why the attack struck where it did as the victims were soldiers actively targeting the terrorists. But a mosque during evening prayers? Is nothing sacred?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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