At least 78 killed in stampede in Yemen’s capital, official says – Times of India

sana: In the program of distribution of financial assistance, people laughed Yemenin the capital late Wednesday, and at least 78 people were killed and dozens more injured, a Houthi the officer said.
According to the Houthi-run, the crush occurred in the Old City in the center of Sanaa when hundreds of poor people gathered at an event organized by merchants interior Ministry,
Ministry Spokesperson, brig, Abdel-Khaliq al-Aghari blamed the disaster on the “random distribution” of funds without coordination with local authorities.
Dozens of casualties were taken to nearby hospitals. Motaher al-Marouni, a senior health official in Sanaa, gave the death toll and said at least 13 people were seriously wounded, according to the Houthi’s al-Masirah satellite TV channel.
The rebels immediately sealed off the school where the event was held and barred the public, including journalists, from entering.
Eyewitnesses, Abdel-Rahman Ahmed and yahiya mohsin, said armed Houthis fired in the air in an attempt to control the crowd, apparently hitting an electric wire and exploding. This created panic and people started going on a rampage, he said.
The Houthi-run Interior Ministry said it had detained two organizers and an investigation was underway.
Yemen’s capital is controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthis since they overran their northern stronghold in 2014 and ousted the internationally recognized government.
The Houthi move prompted a Saudi-led coalition to intervene in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized government.
In recent years the conflict has turned into a proxy war. Saudi Arab and Iran. The war has killed more than 150,000 people, including fighters and civilians, and has resulted in one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.