SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A land mine explosion near Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeida killed three children and wounded another three and their mother, officials said Friday.
According to the officials, the mine exploded on Thursday in a rural area in the Al Marawiah district, where clashes between Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels and Saudi-allied government forces recently flared up.
The wounded were taken to hospital in critical condition, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. They blamed the rebels for the explosion.
Unmarked land mines litter Yemen, a war-torn country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, often claiming civilian lives, especially those of children.