Explosion rocks Yemen's Al-Jawf province; 15 killed

Local arms dealer’s home catches fire, igniting massive explosion that leaves 15 civilians dead

Explosion rocks Yemen's Al-Jawf province; 15 killed

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 15 civilians were killed by an explosion in Yemen’s northern Al-Jawf province, the Yemeni army said Thursday.

The home of a local arms dealer caught fire late Wednesday in Al-Jawf’s Bart al-Anan district (currently held by the Shia Houthi militia group), Yemeni army spokesman Abdullah al-Ashraf told Anadolu Agency.

The home, he said, had been used to store weapons and ammunition, which led to a massive explosion.

Dozens of people sustained severe burns, which could cause the death toll to rise even further, according to the army spokesman.

Despite attempts by residents to extinguish the blaze, the flames ignited explosive materials, blowing up the home entirely and damaging several nearby structures, according to witnesses at the scene.

Meanwhile, in Yemen’s south-central Shabwah province, pro-government “popular resistance” forces on Thursday reportedly repelled an attack by Houthi rebels in the Asilan directorate.

According to reports, the clashes left three Houthi rebels dead, along with one “popular resistance” fighter.

Yemen has remained dogged by violence since 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia began a devastating air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, more than 3 million Yemenis have had to flee their homes since the conflict began, while more than 20 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Kasım 2017, 16:04