In an unprecedented announcement from them, she confirmed Al Houthi groupFriday, March 12, 2021, 43 Ethiopians were killed in the fire that broke out in the immigration detention center in Sanaa, last Sunday, which is the first time that the group has officially announced a toll for the victims of the incident, despite being accused of being behind this tragedy.
Tuesday 9 March, the head of the Ethiopian “Oromia” future network told the news, that about 450 people died on the spot after fire bombs were thrown at them by the “Houthi” forces, and that 63 others died after being transferred to hospitals, which means that the total of the dead is about 513. .
It was reported by the “Saba” news agency run by the group, and it said that “the funeral of the bodies of 43 Ethiopians who died in the unfortunate fire accident took place in the capital, today, in Sana’a.”
The agency also said that he “attended the funeral, the Ethiopian Chargé d’Affairs to the Ambassador (whose name was not mentioned), the Ethiopian embassy in Sana’a, and a large gathering of leaders and members of the Ethiopian community and the African communities in Yemen.”
The same source cited a statement by Hussein Al-Ezzi, Deputy Foreign Minister in the Houthi government (not internationally recognized), in which he stated that “investigations are underway to find out the causes and circumstances of the accident.”
He added, “The largest number of migrants were rescued and evacuated from the site of the fire, by treating the injured to hospitals and giving them full attention and health care.”
Yemeni government accusations
For his part, the head of the internationally recognized Yemeni government, Muin Abdul-Malik, sent a message of condolence to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali, according to the official Yemeni News Agency, Friday.
Abdul-Malik stressed in the cable, “the necessity of running an international commission to investigate this crime and reveal the results of the investigations to the world,” saying that “the available information indicates that members of the Houthi militia deliberately set off the fire.”
In the same regard, the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, in a statement, that “the victims of the fire refused to obey the orders of the Houthis to mobilize them on the battlefronts in Marib (east).”
The statement added that “the (Houthi) militias are preventing until this moment the specialized international organizations from accessing the scene of the crime,” without further details.
For its part, the Yemeni government called for a “transparent international” investigation into the incident.
The hard kiss of immigrants
Yemen is a destination for migrants from the countries of the Horn of Africa, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, and many of them aim to move on their difficult journey to the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia.
Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 233,000 people, and 80% of the population of about 30 million people are dependent on support and aid in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
Dozens of African refugees also demonstrated, on Tuesday, in front of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sana’a. To condemn that incident.