Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Blog 7: Explosion at Dairy Factory in Yemen Kills Dozens

             Last night there was an explosion at a Dairy Factory near the costal city of Al Hudaydah. At least twenty seven people were killed. The factory was owned by Yemen Dairy and Juice Industries. According to the director of the health bureau in Al Hudaydah the victims were employees working the night shift. Witnesses say it's not clear if the whether the explosion was caused by a Saudi airstrike or an errant shell fired by an armed Yemen faction. Last week the Saudi Military launched a bombing campaign intended to roll back the gains of the Houthis. The Houthis is a militia group that forced the Yemen's government from power in January. Saudi officials say their goal is to restore the exiled president Abdu Hadi to power.  

            I have been following this story for a while and it's sad how much violence has taken place. Yemen has been filled with fighting over the last few weeks and hundreds of people have been killed. They have had clashes stretching from the southern port city of Aden to the border with Saudi Arabia to the north. International aid agencies fear the safety of their workers has withdrawn from Yemen. The agencies that remain there says that the Saudi air and sea blockade on the country is preventing critical supplies from getting through. 

Tamaiya Davis 
10:54 am

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