Ramadan Tragedy: 78 crushed to death during charity event

At least 78 people have been killed in a crush at a school in the Yemeni capital Sanaa during a distribution of charity for Ramadan

Hundreds of people had crowded into the school to receive donations which amounted to about $9 (£7) per person.

Those responsible for the distribution of the funds have been detained and an investigation is under way, the interior ministry said

Houthi rebels have run the city since they drove out the government in 2015

The event happened during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by a period of fasting

Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi supreme evolutionary committee, blamed the crush on the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Yemen’s Houthi Prime Minister Abdulaziz Bin Habtour has been visiting survivors in Sanaa’s Al Thawra hospital.

He was accompanied by other officials including Health Minister Taha Al-Mutawakel.

Bin Habtour said: “We are firstly checking on the injured and those who died.

“The interior and health minister, members of the public prosecution, the head of the Supreme Judicial Council and all other relevant officials, have proceeded with their legal duties to examine this unfortunate event and to find a serious solution for this to never happen again.

“We are experiencing a great tragedy, a large number of our citizens have died during this stampede.” Reuters

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