Sanaa: Five members of Yemen pro-government forces were killed in an explosion targeting their military base in the country’s southern province of Abyan. An official gave this information.
“An explosion occurred at the headquarters of the 5th Infantry Army Brigade located in Abyan district of Mudia,” the official said.
He said five soldiers were killed in the blast and more than 40 people were injured on the spot.
The officer clarified that “the explosion which could have been caused by external bombardment. It happened at the military base when all the soldiers were gathering for the afternoon prayer.”
Pro-government military experts have launched an investigation into the nature of the blast and its main causes.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast at the pro-government military base. Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014.
At that time Houthi militias took control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital, Sanaa.
Since the war intensified in 2015, the country has become the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with 24.1 million people or 80 percent of the population in need of humanitarian aid, including more than 11 million children.
More than 14 million people are in extreme need and more than 3 million people have been displaced from their homes.
Due to the protracted war, Yemen has lost $90 billion in economic output and more than 600,000 people have lost their jobs. 68 percent of the country’s population is living in extreme poverty.