At least 25 workers killed in an explosion at Yemen factory 


April 1, Hodaida:  At least 25 workers killed in an explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen’s Hodaida port, medical sources said, but there were conflicting reports about whether Saudi-led airstrikes or anti-government fighters were responsible.

Officials and witnesses said there were coalition airstrikes early Wednesday in the port city of Hodeida, where the factory is located. Others also reported rebel shelling hitting the area.

The United Nations said Tuesday that 93 civilians had been killed and 364 wounded in the first five days of the now week-old airstrikes.

The incident would appear to be one of the biggest cases of civilian deaths since a Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign against Houthi militia on March 26.

The 26September website of Yemen’s factionalized army, which mostly sides with the Houthis, said 37 workers were killed and 80 wounded at the dairy and oils factory “during the aggressive air strikes which targeted the two factories last night.”

Medical sources in the city said 25 workers at the plant had been killed at the factory, which was located near an army camp loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Houthi ally.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq announced Tuesday that the last of the U.N.’s international staffers had left the country and that all of the organization’s work in Yemen would be done by several hundred local staff members.

A spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees William Spindler told VOA his agency has registered about 250,000 refugees in Yemen.

The Oslo Times

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