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Saudi Arabia launches air raids on Sana’a after fatal explosions in Aden | Conflict News

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The air raids took place overnight after at least 26 people were killed and dozens injured in an attack on Aden airport.

The Saudi-UAE coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen reportedly carried out airstrikes in parts of the capital, Sanaa, hours after explosions hit the main airport in the southern city of Aden, killing at least 26 people.

The coalition launched overnight airstrikes against Sana’a International Airport and two Houthi sites in Rima Hamid in Sanhan district and Wadi Rjam in Bani Hashish district in southern Sana’a, according to the channel. Houthi television Al Masirah.

No casualties have been reported to date.

“There are more than eight raids that have been carried out,” confirmed Mohammed Al Attab of Al Jazeera, Sana’a.

António Guterres, the UN chief, condemned the “deplorable” deadly attack on Aden airport, which came moments after a plane landed carrying members of a new cabinet. unit supported by Saudi Arabia.

Hours after the attack, a second explosion was heard around the Maasheq presidential palace in Aden where members of the cabinet, including Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, as well as Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said al-Jaber , had been brought to safety, residents and premises. the media said.

Two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were also killed in the attack and one was missing, the ICRC said in a statement.

Prime Minister Abdulmalik said all cabinet members were “fine”. He called the attacks “treacherous” and “cowardly”.

People wait to greet members of a newly formed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen as they arrive at Aden airport ahead of an attack on the airport in Aden [Fawaz Salman/Reuters]

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

The Houthis, who are aligned with Iran, have denied being behind the attack.

The Saudi-led coalition later said it shot down an explosive-laden Houthi drone that targeted the presidential palace.

People react to attack on Aden airport moments after a plane lands carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-controlled parts of Yemen [Fawaz Salman/Reuters]

The new unity cabinet pushed by Riyadh aimed to unite the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, supported by the international community, with the southern separatists (Southern Transitional Council or STC), supported by the UAE.

The two groups are the main Yemeni factions in a southern-based, Saudi-backed alliance fighting the Houthis who control the north, including the capital, Sana’a.

The southern port city of Aden has been mired in violence due to a rift between UAE-backed separatists and Hadi’s government.

The CTS, which claims independence for southern Yemen, declared autonomy in Aden in April, sparking clashes and complicating United Nations efforts to forge a permanent ceasefire throughout the conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition announced the creation of a new power-sharing cabinet this month after more than a year of intense Saudi mediation between the government and the separatists.


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