The Yemeni Ministry of Interior accused the Houthis of responsibility for the attack, in exchange for the group’s denial
At least 22 people were killed and 50 others were injured, as a result of explosions targeting Aden airport in southern Yemen, on Wednesday, coinciding with the arrival of a plane carrying members of the new government to the airport runway.
The Yemeni Ministry of Interior said, in a statement, that the victims of the targeting of Aden International Airport rose to 22 dead and 50 injured, including civilians, airport workers and personalities coming to receive the government (without naming).
The statement stressed “the safety of the government and all its members.”
He added, “The treacherous act with which the Houthi militia targeted Aden International Airport this morning will not deter the government from performing its duty.”
The Interior Ministry statement did not clarify whether the casualty count it announced was preliminary or final.
However, earlier Yemeni media reported that Muhammad Rabid, Deputy Director of Health in Aden, said that the number of victims reached 20 dead and more than 50 injured.
The death toll was likely to rise due to the presence of serious injuries in the governorate’s hospitals.
Meanwhile, the official Saudi Al-Akhbariya channel said, in brief urgent news, that its correspondent, Abdel-Fattah Ghalab, was injured in the Aden airport attack, without mentioning the nature of the injury.
Earlier Wednesday, the Anadolu Agency correspondent reported, according to a government source who preferred not to be named, that 3 violent explosions occurred at Aden airport, just before the members of the government got off the plane.
Salem Al-Awlaki, a member of the Presidium of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council, said on Twitter that the targeting of Aden Airport was “with missile strikes.”
For his part, Muhammad Al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi political bureau, denied his group’s responsibility for the incident.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Munir Al-Wajih told Anadolu Agency correspondent that the new government, with most of its members, arrived at Aden airport from Saudi Arabia, to start its duties based on the Riyadh agreement.
Al-Wajih explained that, in addition to the ministers, the government delegation includes a number of deputy ministers and agents, as well as government military leaders, including the Yemeni military attaché in the Emirates, Major General Shalal Ali Shaye, who was appointed to his post on Tuesday.
On Saturday, members of the government took the constitutional oath in front of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, at his residence in the capital, Riyadh.
On December 18, the Yemeni presidency announced the formation of a new government that includes 24 ministers, divided equally between the north and south, based on the Riyadh Agreement, after consultations between the (previous) government and the Southern Transitional Council supported by the UAE.
The new government formation aims to end the dispute between the former Yemeni government and the Transitional Council, and devote itself to confronting the Houthis, who are close to controlling Marib, the last government stronghold in the north of the country.
For the past 6 years, Yemen has been witnessing a war between government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition, the Houthi group backed by Iran, and control of the capital, Sanaa.
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