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Saudi-led coalition retaliates with airstrikes after attack on airport in Yemen


#Saudi-led coalition warplanes have struck targets in #Yemen’s #Houthi-held capital #Sanaa in retaliation for attacks that killed at least 22 people in the southern port city of #Aden on #Wednesday.

The coalition accused the #Houthi movement, which it has been fighting for six years, of staging an attack on #Aden’s airport just as members of #President #Abd-Rabbu #Mansour #Hadi’s new #Cabinet arrived from #Saudi #Arabia, and a second one on the presidential palace.

The coalition air strikes on #Thursday (local time) hit #Sanaa airport and several other sites in and around the city, residents said. #Loud blasts were heard and warplanes flew overhead for several hours, they said.

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#Houthi-run #Masirah television said the planes hit at least 15 locations in different districts in the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

#Coalition air strikes have killed thousands, including many civilians, over the course of the war.

#But they have been less frequent in recent years as the conflict has reached a stalemate, with the #Iran-aligned #Houthis controlling most population centres and #Mr #Hadi’s internationally recognised #Government — supported by #Riyadh and #Western powers basing itself in #Aden.

The main war has been eclipsed by a power-struggle between #Mr #Hadi’s #Government and southern separatists in #Aden. #Saudi #Arabia has been trying to unite them to focus on fighting the #Houthis.

#Drone targeting palace shot down

#People flee the explosion at the #Aden airport in #Yemen.(AP #Photo / #Hani #Mohammed)

#At least 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded in #Wednesday’s attack on #Aden airport.

A second attack was made on the #Maasheq palace, where they had been taken to safety.

A coalition statement said the alliance had downed an explosive-laden #Houthi drone that was targeting the palace.

There was no immediate reaction from the #Houthis, who had earlier denied responsibility for the airport attack.

#Medecins #Sans #Frontieres said 19 people were treated for wounds at its hospital in #Aden.

#Nasser #Mubarak, one of the survivors, said a missile hit a terminal gate metres from where he was.

#Aden has been mired in violence because of the rift between the separatists and #Mr #Hadi’s #Government, which has been based there after being driven from #Sanaa by the #Houthis in 2014.

The #Southern #Transitional #Council (STC), which seeks independence for south #Yemen, declared self-rule in #Aden in #April, triggering clashes with #Mr #Hadi’s forces and complicating #United #Nations efforts to forge a permanent ceasefire in the overall conflict.

The new cabinet unites the STC with #Mr #Hadi in an effort to fulfil the #Saudi aim of ending the feud. #Yemeni #Prime #Minister #Maeen #Abdulmalik said all members of the cabinet were “fine” and would remain in #Aden despite the attack.

#However, #Government officials were among the casualties in the #Aden airport attack.

#Three #International #Committee of the #Red #Cross (ICRC) staff members were also killed, the organisation said.

#Sara al-Zawqari, ICRC spokeswoman for the #Near and #Middle #East, said a dozen staff members were heading from #Sanaa to #Djibouti and transiting for a short period in #Aden airport when the attack took place.

“#We’re still in shock and trying to process everything that has happened since yesterday,” #Ms #Zawqari said.



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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-01/saudis-retaliate-after-attack-on-airport-in-yemen/13025642

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