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A landmine killed three children near a key port

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – A landmine blast near the strategic Yemeni port city of Hodeidah has killed three children and injured three others – their mother.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in a rural area of ​​al-Marawiya district, officials said.

The injured were taken to hospital in critical condition, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. They blamed the rebels for the blast.

Unexploded ordnance landfills in Yemen, a war-torn country on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula that often kills civilians, especially children.

The conflict began when the Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. The Saudi-led coalition, which is allied with the exiled government of Yemen, has been fighting the rebels since March 2015.

The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and brought the poorest country in the Arab world to the brink of starvation.

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