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Explosion rocks Yemen airport in ‘cowardly terrorist attack’ as new Cabinet members land


The members of the #Yemeni government’s newly formed #Cabinet, including #Prime #Minister #Maeen #Abdulmalik #Saeed, were greeted with a loud explosion soon after its plane landed #Wednesday in the city of #Aden, in what an official is calling a “cowardly terrorist attack carried out by the #Iranian-backed #Houthi militia.”

A local security source told #Reuters that three mortar shells struck the airport’s terminal, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more. #No government officials were among the injured, according to reports.

#Video of the incident broadcast on a television channel began with a loud blast as people were exiting a plane, prompting onlookers to start running. #Smoke then could be seen billowing out of the airport’s terminal building, followed by the sounds of gunfire. Then the feed is cut off.

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#Dust rises after explosions hit #Aden airport, upon the arrival of the newly formed #Yemeni government in #Aden, on #Dec. 30. (#Reuters)
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#Images also shared on social media from the scene showed rubble and broken glass strewn about near the airport building and at least two lifeless bodies, one of them charred, lying on the ground. #In another image, a man was trying to help another man whose clothes were torn to get up from the ground.

A #Yemeni government official later blamed #Iran-backed #Houthi rebels for carrying out the violence.

“#We assure the people of our great people that all members of the government are fine, and we affirm that the cowardly terrorist attack carried out by the #Iranian-backed #Houthi militia against #Aden airport will not deter us from carrying out our patriotic duty and that our blood and soul will not be more precious than the blood of #Yemenis,” #Muammar #Al-Eryani, its #Minister of #Information, #Culture and #Tourism, wrote in a tweet.

“#We have mercy on the souls of the martyrs, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he added.

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People react as dust rises after explosions hit Aden airport.

#People react as dust rises after explosions hit #Aden airport.
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The government of #Saudi-backed #Yemeni #President #Abed #Rabbo #Mansour #Hadi is at war with #Iran-allied #Houthi rebels, who control most of northern #Yemen as well as the country’s capital, #Sanaa.

#Last year, the #Houthis fired a missile at a military parade of newly graduated fighters of a militia loyal to the #United #Arab #Emirates at a military base in #Aden, killing dozens.

The delegation was returning to #Aden after being sworn in last week as part of a reshuffle following a deal with rival southern separatists backed by the UAE. #Yemen’s internationally recognized government has worked mostly from self-imposed exile in the #Saudi capital of #Riyadh during the country’s years-long civil war.

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#President #Hadi, in exile in #Saudi #Arabia, had announced a #Cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.

The reshuffle was seen as a major step toward closing a dangerous rift between his government and the southern separatists.

The #Associated #Press contributed to this report.





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