Fire at Yemen Migrant Detention Center Kills 8, Injures 170

A fire at a migrant detention center in Yemen’s capital Sana’a has killed at least eight people and injured more than 170, the United Nations migration agency said.

“We are extremely saddened by the death of migrants & guards resulting from a fire at a holding facility in Sana’a, Yemen, today. 8 people confirmed dead; the total death toll is reported to be much higher,” said Carmela Godeau, International Organization for Migration (IOM) regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a tweet.

Godeau also said that more than 90 of those injured are in serious condition and that the IOM is now responding with emergency medical aid and food for those affected.

The cause of the fire which broke out on Sunday is still unclear.

Godeau said, “But this is just one of the many dangers that migrants have faced during the past 6 years of the crisis in Yemen. All people, including migrants, should be afforded protection and safety.”

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