Air strike hits weapons depot in Yemen

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Published on February 4, 2020 by

Explosions rocked the city of Marib in central Yemen in the night from Monday to Tuesday, after a strike hit a weapons storage facility belonging to forces fighting for the country’s internationally recognized government.

The government’s army officials said that no causalities had been recorded in the blasts or fires, and that the strike was believed to have come from their rivals, the Houthi rebels.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.

Fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi rebels has intensified in the past week.Yemen’s capital has been controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group since 2014.

A coalition of Gulf Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, began a military campaign the following year in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s conflict since 2015, according to data published last October by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Project. Millions of Yemenis live just a step away from famine and rely on food aid.

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