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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 (south) that targeted members of the new government of national unity.

#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 people of #Aden do not hide their anger. #Like #Nour, a young woman of 28 who denounces “the stupidity” of the government in security matters, responsible according to her for this “painful and frightening day”.

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“#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 said. “#Most of us think, if only these missiles had hit them and not innocent civilians.”

– “#Most important attack” –

The conflict in #Yemen pits the government recognized by the international community against the #Houthi rebels, who swept away much of the north of the country, including the historic capital #Sana’a in 2014.

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

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.

“#Information and preliminary investigations confirm that the #Houthi militia has committed this heinous terrorist act, by launching missiles from areas it controls”, assured #Ahmed ben #Mubarak.

#Evidence and details will be made public following an investigation conducted under the aegis of the #Interior #Ministry, added the #Yemeni foreign minister.

#Other officials have refused to blame the #Houthis directly, preferring to wait for the findings of the investigation, as the government has also in the past been targeted by jihadist organizations #Al #Qaeda and #Islamic #State.

The #Houthis have so far failed to respond.

#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 on the ground. #To close ranks, #Riyadh negotiated a power-sharing agreement in the #South and oversaw the formation of the new government in order to maintain the unity of the coalition against the rebels.

#In #Aden, #Bassem al-Qadhi, who lost his cousin in #Wednesday’s attack, still 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,” he adds.

#Wednesday’s attack was condemned across the world, including by the UN and the #International #Committee of the #Red #Cross (ICRC), which lost three aid workers in the blasts.

“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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