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Explosion kills six in Yemeni city of Marib
October 14, 2016 | 8:11 PM
by Reuters
An explosion at a military arms depot is seen after it was hit by an air strike on the Nuqom Mountain overlooking Yemen's capital Sanaa, on October 14, 2016. Photo - Reuters
 
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Sanaa/United Nations: An explosion killed six people and wounded 20 as they attended a funeral service in the Yemeni city of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa, the government-run news agency Saba said on Friday.

The blast occurred as condolences were being paid after the death of Abdulrab Al Shadady, an army general in Marib who was killed a few days ago in fighting with Houthi militia, local officials told Reuters.

Among those killed in Friday's blast was Salem Al Shadady, the older brother of the general killed earlier, Saba said.

Yemen's war has intensified since UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended in August without an agreement. Fighting has been concentrated around the country's Houthi-controlled ancient capital, Sanaa, where little territory has changed hands.



Most of Marib is under the control of forces loyal to President Abdrabbo Mansour Al Hadi and the rest held by Houthis, who are battling his internationally recognised government.

Meanwhile, Britain said it plans to put forward a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate truce in Yemen and a resumption of peace talks.

The 15-member body this week failed to agree on a statement condemning an October 8 air strike that killed some 140 people. Russia dismissed the statement as too vague and diplomats said Moscow refused to engage any further on it.

"Sadly the Yemen statement is dead," Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters on Friday. Council statements must be agreed by consensus.

"We have decided instead to put forward a draft Security Council resolution on Yemen calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a resumption of the political process," he said. "We will be circulating that to council colleagues in the coming days.

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