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Tue - 10 Sep 2019 - 03:27 AM ،،،

thenational


 The Arab Coalition in Yemen said a huge explosion at a Houthi weapons cache in a highly populated civilian area of Hodeidah city on Monday came from inside the building.

Four civilians were killed and dozens injured after the blast at the weapons and ammunition depot in the improverished Al Zafaran neighbourhood in the east of the city.

Col Wathah Al Dubaish, spokesman for the Coalition, told The National that ensuing explosions continued for two hours, leading residents to flee to the city's southern outskirts.

Col Al Dubaish denied Houthi claims that Coalition air strikes or shelling was responsible.

“The Coalition jets didn’t launch any air strikes over any target in the city of Hodeidah on Monday and the joint forces never shelled any residential areas," he said.

"Something happened from inside the building. We have never shelled any Houthi targets amid residential areas.

"We have information about strategic Houthi targets and we are able to strike them. But we avoid doing that because we know that they are located amid residential neighbourhoods."

He said that Monday’s explosion was not the first one. Similar blasts have taken place at the Iran-backed rebels' weapon depots in Sanaa and other areas.

“They put such hazardous explosives caches amid residential neighbourhoods," Col Al Dubaish said.

"The Houthis have been committing such horrible crimes repeatedly, amid unjustified silence from the UN and the human rights organisations."

The weapons depot was in Jazan Street, home to marginalised people living in slums. Many of these residents were affected by the explosion.