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UncategorizedStampede at aid center kills around 80 in Yemen's capital Sanaa

At least 80 people were killed and more than 220 others injured in a stampede Wednesday at an aid center in the Bab Al-Yemen area of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

This was reported by the Houthi-run health authority. Anis Al-Subaihi, the official spokesman for the Houthi health authority, confirmed the incident to Xinhua, saying that medical teams immediately responded and transferred the injured to several hospitals in the capital for treatment.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported that the interior ministry of the group claimed the disaster was caused by a stampede during the random distribution of cash by local merchants, without organization or collaboration with the ministry. Abdul Khaliq Al-Ajri, spokesman for the ministry, was quoted by the TV as saying that the authorities have arrested two merchants responsible for the uncoordinated distribution of money and are investigating the incident

It is unfortunate to hear that many Yemenis have been forced to rely on charity centers for basic needs as the Eid al-Fitr festival approaches. Yemen has been facing a dire humanitarian crisis for several years now, as a result of the ongoing civil war that began in 2014 when the Houthi militia took control of several northern provinces and forced the Yemeni government out of the capital.

The conflict has resulted in the displacement of millions of people and has led to widespread poverty and starvation. According to the United Nations, Yemen is currently facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 10 million who are at risk of famine.

In addition to the ongoing conflict, Yemen has also been grappling with a number of other challenges, including a severe economic crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a cholera outbreak. These issues have only exacerbated the country’s already alarming humanitarian situation.

It is very important that the international community continues to provide aid and support to Yemen, both in terms of humanitarian assistance and efforts to settle the conflict. Only through sustained efforts to address these complex challenges can Yemen hope to achieve lasting peace and stability.

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