At least 16 people were killed and dozen injured in an explosion at the airport in the Yemeni city of Aden. Shortly before the detonation, a plane carrying the new government of Yemen landed.
In Yemen, there was a serious explosion at the airport of the city of Aden, in which at least 16 people were killed and many injured. Many of the injured were seriously wounded and were taken to the surrounding hospitals. Eyewitnesses report that the detonation was accompanied by gunfire.
The explosion occurred shortly after a plane from Saudi Arabia landed with the new Yemeni government on board. According to Information Minister Muammar Al-Erjani, the head of government and his members are doing well. “We assure our people that all cabinet members are safe,” he wrote on Twitter. It was a “cowardly terrorist attack by the Iran-supported Houthi militia”.
President Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi swore in the 24 ministers of the newly formed government in a ceremony in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The new government consists of representatives of rebels active in the south of the country, as well as members of the previous government backed by Saudi Arabia. After years of power struggle, both camps reached an agreement in 2019 and joined forces against the Shiite Houthi rebels in the north of the country. These control the capital Sanaa, among other things, which is why Aden in the south of the country is currently serving as the provisional capital.
People are suffering from the civil war
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, wrote on Twitter: “I condemn the attack on Aden airport upon the arrival of the cabinet and the killing and injury of many innocent civilians.” His condolences go out to all the bereaved of the victims. “This unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of urgently bringing Yemen back on the road to peace,” Griffiths continued.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. 24 million people – around 80 percent of the population – are dependent on humanitarian aid. People are also suffering from the war against the Houthi rebels, in which tens of thousands of people have already been killed, many of them civilians.