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A car bomb that exploded at a military hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday afternoon has resulted in the deaths of at least 28 people, including eight women. Local authorities stated more bodies may be found as the debris in the streets is cleared.
The attack was against the residence where two Shiite Houthi rebel leaders were allegedly living in the capital of Sanaa. According to medical source, the two high-profile rebel leaders were confirmed to be near the hospital at the time of the explosion. Similar strikes have been carried out against other rebels leaders by those trying to take back the city from Islamic State control.
The Houthis have been firing Scud missiles into the towns just over the border in Saudi Arabia for the last few months. The nation has retaliated by sending Saudi forces on bombing raids in Sanaa. Currently, Yemen’s capital is controlled by an anti-government extremist organization aligned with the Islamic State.
In a statement posted on the Internet, a Sunni jihadist organization with the Islamic State stated they claim responsibility for the car bombing. According to local reports, the rebels blocked off the area around the blast so that emergency personnel could not gain access to the wounded.
By Alex Lemieux
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