Hodeida (Jemen)– Five women were killed at a wedding on Friday evening in Yemen, which was torn by years of civil war. A government official reported that a projectile hit a ballroom near the airport in the southwestern port city of Hodeida.
According to eyewitnesses, seven people, including children, were injured as a result of the grenade. As reported in the Dubai press, the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels hold each other responsible for the incident.
▶ ︎ There has been a civil war in Yemen since 2014 between the Riyadh-supported government and the Houthi rebels, which in turn are supported by Iran. Tens of thousands have been killed in the conflict so far, including many civilians. The Houthi rebels control the strategically important port city of Hodeida. Fighting around the city has flared up again despite a UN-brokered ceasefire.
Already on Wednesday there was a bloody attack with many civilian victims
A few days after the new Yemeni government was sworn in, the cabinet was attacked upon arrival at the airport. There were serious explosions on the tarmac in the city of Aden, in which at least 26 people were reportedly killed.
The incident occurred shortly after a plane from Saudi Arabia landed with members of the new Yemen government on board, according to witnesses.
According to Information Minister Muammar Al-Erjani, the head of government and his cabinet are doing well. “We assure our people that all cabinet members are safe,” he wrote on Twitter.
The government also blamed the Houthi rebels for this attack, but they did not admit to it.