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Dubai: A woman and her four children were killed after a massive fire broke out following a gas cylinder explosion in their house in Hodeidah city in the western part of Yemen, local media reported.

The accident took place in the Houthi-controlled city of Hodeidah that lacks basic services.

The house was gutted completely and the charred bodies of the mother and her four children were later found with the help of people. The huge fire lasted for hours and the smoke was seen from nearby neighbourhoods because Houthi-controlled civil defence teams failed to respond to several calls for help.

The Houthi-controlled regions have witnessed several similar accidents in recent years because the militia provide people with outdated gas cylinders.