Yemeni Child Killed and Dozens Wounded in Celebratory Gunfire After Football Win

Celebratory gunfire in Yemen left a four-year old girl dead, and dozens others were wounded on Monday night, officials said on Tuesday.

The entire nation, including in areas under Houthi rebels control, took to the streets on Monday night after the West Asian Under-15 Championship, held in Saudi Arabia, ended on Monday with a victory for the Yemeni team over the Saudis, the media reports say.

In Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen, which is under the control of the Houthi rebels, heavy celebratory gunfire killed one child, a hospital medic hospital said.

“A four-year-old girl was killed and 36 people were injured,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg offered an “arm congratulations” on the win.

“Heartwarming to see the unity, joy and celebrations across the country,” he tweeted.

But during a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, Grundberg said that the conflict in Yemen has escalated considerably over the past month, risking bringing the country on a fragmented and bloody path.

“As I recently expressed in my call for restraint, I am deeply alarmed by the ongoing military escalation and continued violence in Yemen,” Grundberg said.

Grundberg emphasized that he has been alarmed by the escalation in hostilities by all sides of the war in Yemen.

Yemen has been gripped by a conflict between government forces led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi Ansar Allah movement for seven years.

The war, which has also displaced millions of people, has led more than 80 percent of the population of around 30 million to depend on international aid, in what the international community considers one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, according to the UN.


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