At least 26 people were killed in a massive blast at Yemen’s Aden Airport on Wednesday night as the newly-formed Yemeni cabinet flew in the country from Saudi Arabia.
Over 50 people have been injured in the attack, while the Cabinet minister is reported to be unharmed.
The death toll of the attack is expected to rise.
Three members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were among the deceased.
Believing that the Iran-backed Houthis militants are behind this attack, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yemen tweeted, “On ground video clearly captures moment of impact at #Aden Airport from missile or explosive projectile believed launched by #Houthis, intended to strike the civilian aircraft carrying new Yemeni Government Cabinet with aim to murder or maim them while on board.”
It added, “Its dimensions being now conducted and the determinations soon concluded, the investigation & assessment will show that #Iran-backed #Houthis were behind today’s #terrorist & treacherous attack at Aden Airport in #Yemen.”
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, have strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on Aden airport.
Guterres expressed his condemnation of the “deplorable attack” whilst, in a separate statement, Griffiths strongly condemned the attacks, and “the killing and injury of many innocent civilians”.
“I wish the Cabinet strength in facing the difficult tasks ahead”, continued Griffiths’s statement. “This unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing Yemen urgently back on the path towards peace,” he added.
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