Scores Are Dead or Injured in Fire at Migrant Center in Yemen

Scores Are Dead or Injured in Fire at Migrant Center in Yemen

Most of the victims had been detained trying to cross into Saudi Arabia, an official said.<


Hundreds of migrants are held in Sana, Yemen’s capital, where a blaze erupted on Sunday at a detention center run by Houthi rebels.Credit…Yahya Arhab/EPA, via Shutterstock

CAIRO — A fire broke out Sunday in a detention center for migrants in Yemen’s capital, Sana, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 170 others, scores seriously, the United Nations migration agency said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, according to the International Organization for Migration. More than 90 migrants were in serious condition, and the death toll could climb much higher, according to the Houthi rebels who run the center.

The Houthi, who have controlled the capital since Yemen’s conflict broke out more than six years ago, said that civil defense teams had extinguished the fire and that investigations were underway to determine its cause.

A U.N. official said the fire erupted in a hangar near the main building of the center, which was housing more than 700 migrants. Most had been arrested in the northern province of Sada while trying to cross into Saudi Arabia, she said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to brief the news media.

Other sources

According to the news coming from Yemen the numbers of casualties is to high, over 450 refugees.

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