FACTS

    At least 25 people have been confirmed dead, and over a hundred more wounded, after an attack at an airport in Aden, Yemen, last Wednesday. The attack came as members of a new government cabinet, formed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to address and resolve Yemen’s continued civil war, were landing at the airport. Three explosions were reported to have happened, two in the arrival hall and a third near the runway. A separate explosion was also said to occur near a palace where the cabinet members were transported. Multiple government leaders, including Yemen’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, accused the Houthis, an Islamic armed political group, for the attack, but Houthi offical Muhammad al-Bukhaiti denied the accusation. “The hand of terror will not stop us from performing our tasks,” stated Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed. Yemen is said to be the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

    RESPONSE

    The West, including Germany, India, Poland, and the United States, condemns the attacks. “We stand with the Yemeni people as they strive for peace, and we support the new Yemeni Government as it works towards a better future for all Yemenis,” stated United States Ambassador to Yemen Christopher Henzel. The director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dominik Stillhart, stated, “The Yemeni people have endured a terrible amount of suffering over the last five years. A day like this adds even more grief both for the Red Cross family and for the Yemeni families who had loved ones killed or injured in this explosion.” At least three ICRC members were killed in the explosions. Martin Griffiths, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, tweeted, “This unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing Yemen urgently back on the path towards peace.”

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