Yemen crisis: Multiple car bombings hit Sanaa

Smoke rising over Sanaa, 17 June 2016

Smoke could be seen rising on Sanaa's skyline

Several mosques have been hit by a series of explosions in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, causing dozens of casualties, officials say.

At least two blasts were caused by car bombs. Health and security officials said at least 23 people had died.

A building reportedly used as the headquarters of Houthi rebel officials was also hit.

In March, attacks by Islamic State (IS) on mosques in Sanaa used mainly by Houthis left more than 130 people dead.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed flames leaping from the site of one of Wednesday's blasts, and residents said ambulances were rushing to the scene.

Yemen has been in turmoil since Houthi rebels overran Sanaa last September, forcing the government of President Mansour Abdrabbuh Hadi to flee.

In late March, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began targeting the rebels with air strikes.



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