Yemen, Sana’a (AP) -A land mine explosion near Yemen’s strategic port city of Hudaydah killed three children and injured three more and their mother, officials said Friday.
According to officials, the mine exploded in a rural area of the Almaravia district on Thursday, and clashes between Yemeni-backed rebels and Saudi Arabian government forces have recently intensified.
The injured were taken to the hospital in danger, officials added, speaking on anonymous terms as they were not allowed to speak to reporters. They blamed the rebels for the explosion.
Unmarked mines are scattered in Yemen, a war-torn country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, often claiming the lives of civilians, especially children.
The conflict began in 2014 when the rebel Houthi took over the capital of Sana’a. The Saudi-led coalition, which has formed an alliance with the Yemeni government in exile, has been fighting rebels since March 2015.
The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and put the poorest countries in the Arab world at risk of famine.