Fire near sabotaged Yemen oil pipeline kills 13

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Fire near sabotaged Yemen oil pipeline kills 13

Aden, Apr 8 (AFP) Thirteen people were killed in a fire today that broke out near an oil pipeline damaged by sabotage in the west of war-torn Yemen, a government official said.

“Dozens of people had gathered at the site of the pipeline with bowls and other containers to fill with petrol spilling from the pipeline” in Hodeida on the Red Sea, the official in Yemen’s recognised government told AFP.

He said the fire broke out because of the use of an electricity generator, giving a revised casualty toll of 13 dead, 26 injured and eight missing.

More than 7,700 people — most of them civilians — have been killed in fighting between Shiite Huthi rebels and the Yemeni government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition since March 2015, according to the United Nations. (AFP) UZM

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