31Dec 2020, A bomb blast near the southern Yemeni city of Aden has killed at least 22 people and injured more than 50 others.
According to security officials, the plane carrying members of the new government exploded shortly after arriving at the airport from Saudi Arabia. The dead included support staff and officers. The prime minister said he and his cabinet were OK.
The information minister accused the Houthi rebels of calling the attack a “cowardly extremist attack.”
“We want to reassure our people that all the mantras of the cabinet are safe and that a cowardly extremist attack by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels at the airport will not detract from our responsibility and that our lives are not more valuable than those of other Yemenis,” he tweeted. May Allah grant peace to the people who have been killed and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. ‘
Yemen has been in a state of disarray since the civil war began in 2015. The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the war in Yemen after Houthi rebels took control of much of the western part of the country and forced Saudi-backed President Abdulaziz Mansour Hadi to flee the country. Since then, the situation in Yemen has continued to deteriorate.
More than 110,000 people have been killed so far in the fighting. In addition, tens of thousands of civilians have died from causes that could have been prevented. These include malnutrition, disease, and hunger. A video of Wednesday’s incident has been made public. In which a fatal explosion can be clearly seen. Members of the cabinet got off the plane just minutes before the blast.
A large crowd had also gathered to welcome the minister. But as soon as it exploded, people started running around. After a while, a gunshot was heard. A reporter with the AFP news agency said at least two explosions were heard.
However, the cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Saudi television channel Al-Hadath said in a video that a missile had hit Tarmac and exploded.
Earlier, in August 2019, 36 people were killed in a missile attack by Houthi rebels on a military parade in Aden. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said one of its members was killed and three others were injured in Wednesday’s attack.
Yasmin al-Awadhi, an undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor, was killed, according to Yemen’s news website Al-Masdar Online. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Moner Al-Wajih and Deputy Minister of Transport Nasir Sharif were also injured in the attack.
Prime Minister Maine Abdul Malik Saeed and his cabinet have been evacuated following the attack. Prime Minister Saeed tweeted, “We and other members of the government are in Aden and we are safe.”