At least 85 killed, 322 injured after stampede in Yemen's capital
At least 85 people were killed and more than 322 injured in a stampede on Wednesday at an aid center in the Bab Al-Yemen area of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, AFP reported, citing a Houthi security official, adding that around 50 were in serious condition.
Three people were detained over the incident in Sanaa after large crowds gathered at a school to receive gifts of 5,000 rial (about $8) for the end of Ramadan from local merchants, without collaboration with the interior ministry.
Mahdi al-Mashat, chairman of the Houthis' political council, expressed his condolences to the family of the victims and ordered the formation of a committee of the country's security, intelligence, judiciary and public prosecution to investigate the incident.
Many Yemenis, impoverished by years of conflict, had flocked to the charity center for basic needs as Eid al-Fitr, one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar, is approaching.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million and pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.
(Cover: Yemenis wait outside a hospital in Sanaa in the early hours of April 20, 2023. / CFP)