Group accuses Yemen rebels of storing weapons near civilians

The rights groups said Houthi militants stored volatile materials in populated areas. (AFP/File)
Updated 09 May 2019

Group accuses Yemen rebels of storing weapons near civilians

  • Rights groups asked Houthi militants to stop storing unstable materials in civilian areas
  • Houthi militants control the capital Sanaa

CAIRO: A prominent international rights group says Houthi rebels have 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 organization 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 Houthis have been fighting a Saudi-led military coalition backing Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's forces since March 2015.
The Houthis control the capital, Sanaa.
The statement said the initial cause of the fire remains unknown.


Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference

Updated 13 min 45 sec ago

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation a week ago.
Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani urged political leaders to abandon partisan politics in choosing a new head of government and said he would have no involvement in efforts to replace Abdul Mahdi.