Witnesses: Large explosion targets Shiite rebels in central Yemen

December 31, 2014 9:00 AM

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SANAA, Yemen – Witnesses say a strong explosion has struck a gathering of Shiite rebels in the central Yemeni city of Ibb.

It was not immediately clear how many people were killed or wounded in the explosion at a cultural center where the rebels, known as the Houthis, were preparing for celebrations of the prophet Muhammad's birthday this weekend.

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