World News – AU – Explosions, gunfire at Aden airport in Yemen as the newly formed government arrives, 10 dead


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A plane carrying the newly formed Yemeni cabinet was greeted with loud explosions and gunfire when it landed at the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, security officials said.

The explosions were heard at Aden Airport shortly after the plane carrying the newly formed Yemeni government, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

While cabinet members were safely moved to the city’s presidential palace, at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in the blasts, according to medical sources.

There have been no reports of victims among the government delegation. However, officials at the scene said they saw bodies lying on the tarmac and elsewhere in the airport. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, the AP news agency reported.

Images circulating on social media showed debris and broken glass near the airport terminal and at least two lifeless bodies lying on the ground. In another picture, a man tried to help another man whose clothes were torn to get off the floor.

YEMEN: The footage reportedly shows the moment of an explosion as government officials stepped off a plane. Gunshots can also be heard. picture. Twitter. com / 0tFNKS1KWt

Ministers, led by Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, returned to Aden after being sworn in last week as part of a reshuffle after a deal with rival southern separatists. The internationally recognized government of Yemen has worked mainly from self-imposed exile in the Saudi capital Riyadh during the years of civil war.

Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in exile in Saudi Arabia announced a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.

The reshuffle was seen as an important step in closing a dangerous gap between his internationally recognized government and the United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists.

Hadi’s Saudi Arabia-backed government is at war with the Iranian allied Houthi rebels, who control most of northern Yemen and the state capital Sanaa.

Last year the Houthis fired a missile at a military parade of freshly graduated fighters from a militia loyal to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at a military base in Aden, killing dozens.

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World news – AU – Explosions, gunfire at Yemen’s Aden airport upon arrival of the newly formed government, 10 dead


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