Fire at Yemen’s Camp Kills 7, Including Five Children

At least seven people, mostly children have been killed in a massive fire that ripped through a refugee camp in the Marib province in eastern Yemen.

“Shelter of the two families was completely destroyed by fire due to an electric short circuit in the Shabwani camp,” a government committee that administers the camp for internally displaced people said on Monday.

The incident took the lives of “five children, and two men” while another woman was admitted to one of the city’s hospitals after receiving severe burns.

Since 2014, over 2.2 million Yemenis have been displaced in the Marib province due to the ongoing war.

The Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi groups engaged in intensive fighting across Yemen, in which hundreds of people were killed, wounded, and displaced.   

The UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg had earlier pushed for a ceasefire in Yemen in a bid to restore trust between the warring parties and resume a political process aimed at ending the conflict.

Grundberg hoped that the ceasefire provides a chance to develop full peace talks in order to address the severe economic situation.

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