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Yemen: Death toll rises to 49 in attacks in Aden

2nd Aug 2019
Yemen: Death toll rises to 49 in attacks in Aden

By Leila Thabti and Mehmet Nuri Ucar

 

ADEN, Yemen (AA): Yemen’s Interior Ministry said Thursday that at least 49 people have lost their lives in attacks in the temporary capital of Aden. Meanwhile, Saudi-led coalition air attacks on July 29, on Al-Thaabet market in Qataber area in Saada killed
14 including four children.

The first official statement on the attacks came from the ministry which said 13 people were killed in a car bomb attack on the grounds of a police station in Sheikh Othman district. No one has claimed the car bomb attack.

In western Aden, 36 military personnel were killed in a twin attack by Houthi [Ansar Allah] group, which targeted a military parade in Al-Jalaa camp in the Al-Buraiqeh district.

The Houthis targeted the parade with a drone and a mid-range ballistic missile.

The Houthi’s official channel Al Masirah TV said the group had launched a medium-range ballistic missile and an armed drone at the parade, which it described as being staged in preparation for a military move against provinces held by the movement.

The Houthi military spokesman said the parade “was being used to prepare for an advance” on Taiz and Dalea provinces, according to Reuters.

Saudi-led coalition air attacks on July 29, on Al-Thaabet market in Qataber area in Saada killed
14 including four children, injuring 22 people including 10 children, according to Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Hussain Albukhaiti.

Yemen fell into civil war in 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi group overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a, forcing the government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

A year later, Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi military gains.

The armed conflict in Yemen has killed and injured thousands of Yemeni civilians since it began. As of November 2018, 6,872 civilians had been killed and 10,768 wounded, the majority by Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The violence has devastated Yemen’s basic infrastructure, including its health and sanitation systems, prompting the UN to describe the situation as “one of the worst humanitarian disasters of modern times.”

*Writing by Sena Guler

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: A wrecked vehicle is seen after a car bomb attack, which was happened as conscripts were gathering for morning assembly, to a police station in Aden, Yemen on August 01, 2019.  Photographer: Wael Shaif Thabet/AA]

 

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