Yemeni officials: Blast in capital kills 13

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A Yemeni girl who was injured in an explosion lies in a bed at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Yemeni medical officials say a big explosion at a warehouse in the capital killed at least seven children in nearby schools and wounded over 50 people, including schoolchildren. The rebels say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the warehouse and damaged nearby schools. The Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital since 2014, sealed off the area. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A large explosion at a warehouse in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Sunday killed at least 13 people, including seven children, and wounded more than 100, local medical officials said.

The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who seized control of the capital in 2014, said the Saudi-led coalition had targeted the warehouse with an airstrike. The coalition denied carrying out any strikes in the area.

The state-run news agency in Aden, aligned with the internationally-recognized government, said the rebels stored weapons at the warehouse.

The health officials said more than 110 people were wounded in the explosion, which damaged nearby schools. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

The coalition has been at war with the Houthis since 2015 in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.

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