Houthi's missile depot explodes in Yemen's capital: residents

2021-06-10 12:35:14 GMT2021-06-10 20:35:14(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SANAA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- A missile depot of Houthi rebels exploded in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Thursday morning, residents said.

The explosion triggered a series of other huge blasts in the military camp near the Sanaa University in the center of the capital. Windows of houses were blown out and heavy smoke and fire continued for hours, according to the residents.

This is the second arms depot blast in Sanaa in nearly two months after the previous one in al-Jiraf neighborhood near the Sanaa International Airport.

However, the Saudi-led coalition denied that it carried out any airstrike on Sanaa, Saudi-owned Alarabiya TV reported.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

On June 5, an Omani high-level delegation arrived in Sanaa as part of international diplomatic efforts to convince the Houthi group to accept a recent UN-proposed cease-fire between the Yemeni warring sides. Enditem