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At least 78 die in Ramadan crush in Yemen’s Sanaa

20 April 2023  

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SANAA: At least 78 people have died in a stampede at a school in the Yemeni capital Sanaa during a distribution of charity for Ramadan, BBC reported.

Hundreds of people crowded into the school to receive donations which amounted to about $9 (£7) per person, Reuters said.

Houthi rebels have run the city since they drove out the government in 2015.

Those responsible for the distribution have been detained and an investigation is under way, the interior ministry said.

The event happened during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by a period of fasting, according to BBC.

President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled abroad and a Saudi-led alliance of Arab states intervened to restore his rule. However, years of military stalemate followed.

The fighting has reportedly left more than 150,000 people dead and more than 23 million people – three-quarters of the population – in need of some form of aid.

(Inputs from BBC)

Publish Date : 20 April 2023 08:35 AM

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