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Landmine explosion kills 2 soldiers in Yemen's north

Yemeni government accuses Houthi rebels of planting more than 250,000 landmines across the country

30.04.2017
Landmine explosion kills 2 soldiers in Yemen's north FILE PHOTO

SANAA 

Two government forces were killed by a landmine explosion in northern Yemen on Sunday, according to a local military spokesman. 

Three other soldiers were injured when a military vehicle struck a landmine in al-Jawf province near the Saudi border, Abdullah al-Ashraf, a spokesman for government forces, said on Twitter. 

Yemen fell into civil war in 2014 when Houthi rebels and allied forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran capital Sanaa and other provinces. 

The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched a massive air campaign to reverse Houthi gains and restore the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. 

The Yemeni government accuses the Houthi rebels of planting more than 250,000 anti-personnel and anti-vehicle landmines across war-torn Yemen. 

*Reporting by Mohamed al-Samei; Writing by Mohamed Sabry Emam Muhammed


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