The deadly December 30 attack on Yemen’s Aden airport was carried out with missiles similar to those of the Houthi rebels and fired from places under their control, according to a report presented to the UN Security Council.
The attack left 20 dead, including a deputy minister, and more than a hundred wounded.
“Three explosions occurred … after a plane landed carrying Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, members of his ‘unit’ cabinet and other senior officials,” the report said.
“The airport was hit by three short-range precision missiles, surface-to-ground ballistic missiles with fragmentation warheads … that have been part of the Houthis’ arsenal since 2018,” it added.
They were launched from “facilities that were under the control of Houthi forces at the time of the attack,” reads a summary of a confidential report accessed by AFP on Tuesday.
A last-minute decision to stop the plane further from the terminal, as well as a delay in the disembarkation of passengers, prevented more victims, the document says.
The port city of Aden became the de facto capital of Yemen where the internationally recognized government settled after being driven out of Sana’a by the Houthi rebels.
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