SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s prime minister renewed accusations on Thursday that the nation’s Shiite rebels and Iran were responsible for the deadly explosion in the airport at the southern Yemeni city of Aden the prior day which killed at least 25 people and injured 110.
The explosion happened as Cabinet members were disembarking from a plane that had landed at Aden only minutes before on Wednesday. AP footage from the scene showed many ministers hurrying back within the airplane or running down the staircase, seeking refuge. Not one of those Cabinet members were hurt.
Hours after the explosion, the nation’s internationally recognized authorities stated the Iran-endorsed Houthi rebels had four ballistic missiles in the airport. Rebel officials have not responded to requests from remark and there’s been no claim of responsibility for an airport assault.
“Intelligence also suggests that some Iranian specialists were gearing for this kind of operation during the past couple of months,” Saeed said Thursday.
Officials later on Wednesday reported another explosion, near some palace in town in which the Cabinet members had been shot after the airport assault. The Saudi-led coalition, which backs the government side in Yemen’s years-long civil war, afterward taken down a bomb-laden drone which tried to aim the palace, based on Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV station.
The recently formed Cabinet has been viewed as a significant step toward closing a dangerous rift between the authorities of embattled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, along with southern separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates.
“We’re supposed to start by talking about the government program however this is an outstanding meeting because of yesterday’s cowardly and dangerous attack,” Saeed said and asked his ministers to stand up quietly for some time to mourn the victims of this explosion.
Saeed also urged Western powers not to stay content with only condemning the assault but also to hold the perpetrators accountable.
“But, things are apparent for us in Yemen. The activities of those militias prove they’re a terrorist group.”