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#Yemen: government promises to “restore stability” after deadly attack

#Yemeni #Foreign #Minister #Ahmed ben #Mubarak on #Thursday pledged to “restore stability” to his war-torn country in the aftermath of a deadly attack at #Aden airport that targeted members of the new government national union.

#Explosions left at least 26 dead, including three aid workers and a journalist, as well as more than 50 injured on #Wednesday at the airport in #Aden, the provisional capital of #Yemen, where the new unity government had just arrived, without making victim among ministers.

“The government is determined to fulfill its duties and to work to restore stability in #Yemen. #This terrorist act will not dissuade it,” #Foreign #Minister #Ahmed ben #Mubarak told AFP.

#Despite these promises, in a country brought to its knees by conflict, the inhabitants of #Aden, a large city in southern #Yemen, do not hide their anger.

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#Nour, 28, denounces “the stupidity” of the government in security matters, responsible according to her for this “painful and frightening day”.

“#We were optimistic with the arrival of the government, not because they are men devoted to the nation, but because it could mean the return of services and the end of crises,” she told AFP.

“#But they announced their arrival in advance and in a civilian airport full of people. #This is what caused this disaster,” she denounces. “#Most of us think, if only these missiles had hit them and not innocent civilians.”

The government met for the first time in #Aden on #Thursday and observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the attack.

“The preliminary findings of the investigation show that the #Houthi terrorist militia is behind this criminal act,” #Prime #Minister #Maïn #Saïd said during the meeting.

– “#Most important attack” –

The conflict in #Yemen pits the government against the #Houthi rebels, who swept away much of the north of the country, including the historic capital #Sanaa in 2014.

The forces loyal to power have been supported since 2015 by a military coalition led by neighboring #Saudi #Arabia, which wants to counter rebels backed by its great regional rival, #Iran.

The #Houthis have so far failed to respond to #Wednesday’s attack. The government and its supporters have in the past been targeted by the #Houthi rebels but also by the jihadist organizations #Al-Qaeda and the #Islamic #State.

#Iranian #Foreign #Affairs spokesperson #Said #Khatibzadeh denounced “the foreign invasion and occupation of #Yemen” as “the main cause of instability”, referring to the military coalition led by #Riyadh.

The conflict has plunged #Yemen, the poorest country in the #Arabian #Peninsula, into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world according to the UN, with tens of thousands dead, millions displaced and a population on the brink of famine.

#For #Yemeni analyst #Maged al-Madhaji, #Wednesday’s attack is simply “the most important of the war in #Yemen”.

“#It could have destroyed the legitimate government in its entirety,” the director of the #Sana’a #Center for #Strategic #Studies told AFP.

– “#Last hope” –

The unity government unites different rival factions within the anti-Houthi camp.

The differences between supporters of central power and separatists from the #South had degenerated into armed violence. #To close ranks, #Ryad negotiated a power-sharing agreement and oversaw the formation of the new government to maintain the unity of the coalition against the rebels.

#In #Aden, #Bassem al-Qadhi, who lost his cousin in #Wednesday’s attack, wants to keep hope.

“#We are optimistic vis-à-vis the unity government. #It is the last hope to get #Aden out of his state of exhaustion and sadness,” the young journalist told AFP. “#People want to live. They are tired of death, destruction and terrorism.”

#Wednesday’s attack was condemned in particular by the UN and the #International #Committee of the #Red #Cross (ICRC), which lost three humanitarians.

“A very sad end to a difficult year,” said #Katharina #Ritz, head of the ICRC delegation in #Yemen, in a statement, hoping for a “better” tomorrow for this beleaguered country.



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