A fuel tanker explosion in Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, has left at least 10 people dead and scores wounded. It's believed the blast followed clashes between residents and armed groups trying to siphon fuel from the truck. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: Witnesses say the fuel tanker exploded in Yemen's southern city of Taiz on Monday after scuffles broke out between residents and armed groups trying to siphon the fuel from the truck. At least ten people were killed and more than a hundred wounded. The witnesses say a group of armed men had seized the fuel tanker and driven it to the centre of the city where residents, suffering from severe fuel shortages as a result of the eight-week long civil war, swarmed the vehicle for a chance to fill up their containers. It remains unclear what the actual cause of the explosion was, but residents say chaos ensued as anxious residents tried to gain access to the precious cargo. "Just before the blaze, I could hear people shouting and I could see from the window that there were many people gathering around the truck," said Taiz resident Abdel Karim Abdullah. He added that people were also standing on top of the lorry, trying to fill their jerry cans with fuel when suddenly a fire broke out, followed by an explosion. The blast left several people burned. Charred corpses lay strewn across the street. Ambulances also raced to the scene to get victims to the hospital. Local medical officials said at least ten people were killed by the blast and ensuing flames, and some 120 others were injured, many with life-threatening burns. About 120 people, some suffering from very serious burns were taken to the Thawra hospital, according to Nashwan al Husami, a medic at the hospital. Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, has been the scene of some of the fiercest battles in the past few days. Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition of Arab states backed by the West, has pounded Iranian-allied Houthi forces and fighters loyal to Yemen's former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26, aiming to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.