Blasts Hit Yemen’s Aden Airport As New Unity Govt Arrives

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A military vehicle is seen on the tarmac as dust rises after explosions hit Aden airport, upon the arrival of the newly-formed Yemeni government in Aden, Yemen December 30, 2020. REUTERS

Aden- A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet landed there, security officials said.

At least 22 people were killed and 50 were wounded in the blast.

The source of the explosion was not immediately clear and no group claimed responsibility for attacking the airport. No one on the government plane was hurt.

Hours after the attack, a second explosion was heard around Aden’s Maasheq presidential palace where the cabinet members including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, as well as the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, had been taken to safely, residents and local media said.

It was unclear what caused the second blast and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Mohammed al-Roubid, deputy head of Aden’s health office, told the AP that at least 16 people were killed in the airport explosion and 60 were wounded.

Later, the Interior Ministry raised the casualty toll to at least 22 dead and 50 wounded.

 

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