Yemen several people killed in stampede at school in Sanaa during charity event for Ramadan latest update


Image Source: AP Hundreds of people were injured during the stampede

Yemen stampede: At least 85 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede during a financial aid distribution event in Yemen’s capital late Wednesday.

The incident took place in the Old City in the center of Sana’a when hundreds of poor people gathered at an event organized by traders, according to the Houthi-run Interior Ministry.

of the Ministry Speaker, Brigadier Abdel-Khalek al-Aghri said the stampede was caused by poor arrangements by the organizers of the event. He blamed the disaster on “random distribution” of funds without coordination with local authorities.

Dozens of injured were taken to nearby hospitals. Motahar al-Marouni, a senior health official in Sana’a, gave a death toll and said at least 13 were seriously wounded, according to Houthi’s al-Masirah satellite TV channel.

The rebels immediately sealed off the school where the event was held and barred people, including journalists, from entering.

Due to which there was a stampede

Witnesses, Abdel-Rahman Ahmed and Yahya Mohsen, said armed Houthis fired into the air in an attempt to control the crowd, apparently hitting a power line and causing it to explode. He said that this caused panic and people started rioting.

The Houthi-run interior ministry said it had detained two administrators and an investigation was underway. Yemen’s capital has been controlled by the Iran-backed Houthis since they ousted their northern stronghold and ousted the internationally recognized government in 2014.

The Houthi move prompted the Saudi-led coalition to intervene in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized government.

The conflict has turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent years. The war has claimed more than 150,000 lives, including combatants and civilians, and has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

(with AP input)

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