Bomb blast kills 7 Yemeni civilians in market

World Tuesday 29/January/2019 21:46 PM
By: Times News Service
Bomb blast kills 7 Yemeni civilians in market

Dubai: A bomb attack in a market killed seven Yemeni civilians including a photographer for a UAE television channel in the government-controlled town of Mokha, medics and military sources said Tuesday.
At least 20 people were wounded in the overnight blast in the Red Sea town, where pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels are based.
The improvised explosive device was planted on a motorcycle parked in the middle of the market, an official in the pro-government forces said.
Seven people were killed, the official and a hospital source said. A photographer for Abu Dhabi TV, Ziad Al Sharabi, was among the dead, the official Saba news agency quoted information minister Moammer Al Eryani as saying.
A correspondent for the same network, Faisal Al Zabhani, was among the wounded, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Saba blamed it on the Houthis.
The city of Mokha has enjoyed relative calm since coalition-backed government forces seized it from the rebels in July 2017.
The Yemen conflict has killed some 10,000 people since a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in support of the beleaguered government in March 2015, according to the World Health Organisation. Human rights groups say the real death toll could be five times as high. The war has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of famine in what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.