| 9 December 2023, Saturday |

At least 78 killed in stampede for donations in Yemen

At least 78 people were murdered in a stampede in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Thursday, when hundreds gathered in a school to collect supplies, according to witnesses and Houthi media.

Several persons were injured, including 13 in serious condition, according to Al Masirah TV, a television news source controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, quoting Sanaa’s director of health.

The rush occurred during the distribution of charity offerings by merchants in the closing days of Ramadan, according to a statement issued by the Houthi-controlled Ministry of Interior.

Hundreds of people had crowded into a school to receive the donations, which amounted to 5,000 Yemeni riyals, or about $9 per person, two witnesses involved in the rescue effort told Reuters.

A video posted by Houthi television on Telegram messaging app showed a crowd of people jamed together, some screaming and shouting and reaching out to be pulled to safety. Security staff fought to push people back and control the crowd.

Another video after the stampede showed scores of discarded shoes, a crutch and clothing on the steps of the building, and forensic investigators in protective white suits sorting through personal belongings.

  • Reuters