2023年5月28日日曜日

YEMEN'S DEADLY RAMADHAN CRUSH : WHAT WE KNOW ?

YEMEN'S DEADLY RAMADHAN CRUSH : WHAT WE KNOW ? 

@Jackie San


SANAA: Eight-five people were killed and hundreds injured in a crush during a charity handout in Yemen on Thursday.


Here's what we know so far from one of the deadliest such incidents in the last 10 years worldwide:


The tragedy unfolded at a school in the Old City of Sanaa, a UNESCO world heritage site, after a large crowd gathered to receive a businessman's 5,000 rial (about US$8) handout for the end of Ramadan.


The school is close to Bab al-Yemen, a highly decorated historic gateway that is the last of seven entrances to the Old City still standing.


Eighty-five people were killed and 322 injured with 50 in a serious condition, according to a security official for the Houthi rebels who control Sanaa. The toll, which includes women and children, was confirmed by a health official.


The figure announced publicly by the Houthis was lower: 78 dead and 77 injured, 13 seriously.


Sanaa authorities blamed the tragedy on "overcrowding" in the narrow alley leading to the school.


"When the gates opened, the crowd flooded on to the stairs leading to the school yard where the distribution was planned," tweeted Mohamed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee.


Eyewitnesses, however, said gunfire caused people to rush in panic. AFP was not able to verify their reports.


Three businessmen have been arrested over the incident, a Houthi official told AFP. A commission of inquiry has also been established, according to the Houthis' official media.


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