A prominent international rights group says Yemen’s Al Houthi militants had stored explosives in a warehouse in a residential area in the capital that caught fire last month, killing at least 15 children and wounding more than 100 people.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch and an independent Yemeni rights organisation released a joint statement on Thursday urging the Houthis to “stop storing large concentrations of volatile materials in densely populated areas.”
In Yemen’s civil war, the Iran-backed Al Houthis have been fighting a Saudi-led military coalition backing Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s forces since March 2015.
A few months before Al Houthis ousted the government in a coup.
The statement said the initial cause of the fire remains unknown.
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