Deadly Blast Rocks Yemeni Airport As New Government Members Arrive

Aden: At least 22 people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in a blast at the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

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.

Aid workers and officials were among the casualties. But the prime minister said he and his cabinet were “fine”.

The information minister accused Houthi rebels of a “cowardly terrorist act”.

“This treacherous, cowardly and terrorist attack, places the government at the heart of its responsibilities, which is the task of ending the coup, restoring the state, spreading stability and the recovery of our country,” Abdulmalik said.

Yemen’s Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani blamed the attack on the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, adding that all the members of the government were safe.

The Houthis denied responsibility for the attack.

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