Wednesday December 30th 2020
Explosion at the airport
Yemen: Alleged attack on government
Shortly after a plane landed with the new government on board, there is an explosion in Yemen. Dozens of people die and are injured. Germany condemns “the cowardly attack” and continues to pledge its support.
At least 26 people were killed in explosions at the airport in the Yemeni city of Aden. The explosions occurred shortly after a plane landed with members of the new unity government. According to medical reports, more than 50 people were injured. The Foreign Office in Berlin condemned the “cowardly attack”.
At first, no further details about the victims or the cause of the explosions were known. On film footage, missile-like projectiles could be seen hitting the airport runway, where a few moments before a large crowd had gathered.
The Yemeni information minister Muammar al-Irjani blamed the Shiite Houthi rebels for the attack. According to him, no members of the government were injured in the explosions. Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malek also spoke of a “cowardly act of terror”. “That will only increase our determination to do our duty,” he said. Government spokesman Rajih Badi called for an international investigation into the incident.
The UN special envoy Martin Griffiths condemned the alleged attack as an “unacceptable act of violence”. He emphasized the importance of “urgently getting Yemen back on the road to peace”.
“Our thoughts are with the injured and the relatives of the victims,” said the Foreign Office on Twitter. Germany will continue to support efforts to politically resolve the conflict in Yemen, it said.
Association against Houthi rebels
The city of Aden in the south of the country is the provisional capital of Yemen. In mid-December, a new unity government came together through the mediation of Saudi Arabia. It consists of representatives from rebels active in the south of the country, as well as members of the previous government backed by Saudi Arabia.
Both camps had struggled for power in the south of the country for years. On December 18, they decided to join forces against the Shiite Houthi rebels in the north of the country. These control, among other things, the capital Sanaa.
A civil war has been raging in Yemen since 2014 between the Riyadh-backed government and the Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran. Tens of thousands of people were killed in the conflict, many of them civilians.