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Yemen Stampede: Help was being distributed to the poor in Yemen, so many people reached that there was a stampede, 78 people died


Sana:A major accident took place late on Wednesday night in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. At least 78 people were killed and several others injured when a stampede broke out at an event organized to distribute financial aid. A Huthi official gave this information. Hundreds of poor people had gathered at an event organized by merchants in the Old City, according to the Houthi-run Interior Ministry, when a stampede suddenly broke out. Ministry spokesman Brigadier Abdel-Khaliq al-Aghari alleged that local The mishap happened because the program to distribute money was organized without coordination with the authorities. According to Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah, a large number of injured people have been admitted to nearby hospitals. A senior health official, Motahar al-Marouni, said 78 people were killed and at least 13 of the wounded were seriously injured.

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Houthi rebels immediately surrounded the school where the event was held. Common people including journalists are not being allowed to go there. According to the Houthi-run Interior Ministry, two organizers have been detained in this regard so far and the matter is under investigation. Some witnesses told the AP news agency that Houthi rebels fired in the air to control the crowd.

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Panic spread by the explosion

People said that the bullet probably hit an electric wire and exploded. This created panic and people started going on a rampage, he/she said. In some videos being shared on social media, bodies can be seen lying on the ground inside a large compound with people screaming around them. The conflict in Yemen began in 2014 when Iran-backed Houthi rebels captured the capital Sanaa.

(with agency inputs)

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