Explosions rock gov't-controlled weapons warehouse in NE Yemen-Xinhua

Explosions rock gov't-controlled weapons warehouse in NE Yemen

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-11-08 02:00:45

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Several explosions on Monday evening rocked a weapons warehouse owned by Yemen's government forces in the country's northeastern oil-rich province of Marib, a security official told Xinhua.

"Massive explosions rocked a weapons warehouse near a densely populated neighborhood in Marib province, igniting fires and forcing the evacuation of several families living in the area," the local security official said on condition of anonymity.

The official accused the Houthi rebels of striking the weapons warehouse that belonged to the third Regional Military Command of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces in Marib.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the explosions caused a number of injuries and deaths, he said, without providing the exact number of casualties.

Local witnesses said ambulances rushed to the scene to take the casualties to the nearby government-controlled public hospitals.

So far, the Houthi rebels have not claimed responsibility for the explosions.

Since a national cease-fire failed to be renewed on Oct. 2, an increase in the number of Houthi attacks against government forces across Yemen has raised concerns about potential major confrontations.

Yemen's internationally-recognized government said last week that it started to tighten up precautionary security measures around key production facilities in southern regions.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi group stormed several northern cities 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 the country to the brink of starvation.