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January 25, 2022

Yemen weapons factory blast toll reached 150

Sanaa – A series of huge explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has killed at least 150 people, doctors say, according to Sky News. The factory in the town of Jaar was raided by Islamist militants on Sunday amid clashes with government forces. At the time of Monday’s blasts residents were in the plant looting ammunition. The dead included women and children, officials said.

Yemen has been rocked by weeks of protests calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. It is not clear what caused Monday’s explosions, which could be heard 10 miles (15km) away. The factory, in the Khanfar area, close to Jaar city, makes munitions and Kalashnikov rifles. Doctors said counting the dead was almost impossible because the force of the explosion had left the remains of people so badly charred. Analysts fear that the group, which claims affiliation with Osama Bin Laden’s militant network, is taking advantage of instability caused by the spate of anti-government protests. Op­position leader Yassin Noman told the BBC there had been a “collapse of security” in the country. “This regime is unable now to control the country,” he said, calling for the government to quit.

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