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Published Monday, April 8, 2019
At least 13 people have died and more than 100 are injured after an explosion at a warehouse in Yemen.
A large explosion at a warehouse in Yemen's rebel-held capital of Sana killed at least 13 people on Sunday, including seven children, and wounded more than 100, local medical officials said.
The Houthi rebels, who seized control of the capital in 2014 and are aligned with Iran, said the Saudi-led coalition had targeted the warehouse with an airstrike.
The coalition denied carrying out any strikes in the area. The state-run news agency in Aden, aligned with the internationally recognized government, said the rebels had stored weapons at the warehouse.
The health officials said more than 110 people were wounded in the explosion, which damaged nearby schools. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the news media.
The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Houthis since 2015 in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, to the brink of famine.
Two children were killed and eight critically wounded when an unexploded bomb went off at a school in the rebel-held Yemeni capital of Sana, the UN children's agency said on Friday.
A child had found the bomb and brought it to Al-Fatah school in the Hamdan district of Sanaa on Wednesday to show friends, UNICEF said in a statement.
The casualties were aged between 12 and 14. Children often fall victim to unexploded ordnance, failing to fully appreciate the dangers. "It is highly likely, as we've seen in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, that children will continue to be killed even when there's a lull in violence or the violence comes to an end," said UNICEF's regional chief of communications, Juliette Touma.
The World Health Organization estimates nearly 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened to prevent the defeat of the government in the face of a rebel offensive.
Human rights groups say the real death toll is several times higher. The conflict has pushed millions of Yemenis to the brink of mass starvation, in what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Yemen Terrorist Attack Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: Terrorist attack