Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25: residents, medics




 
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April 1st, 2015  
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Topic: Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25: residents, medics


An explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen's Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby army base. 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. Residents and witnesses contacted by Reuters said the air strikes had targeted the factory shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The operation by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim states aims to prevent the Houthis and former Saleh from winning control of the country.




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