Middle East

At least 5 people die after blast in Yemen

16:16, 10 October 2021
At least 5 people die after blast in Yemen Photo: Rahmat Alizadah/Xinhua

At least five people were reported dead in a car blast accident in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

Yemeni news media have reported that the attack was aimed at the convoys of Governor of Aden Ahmed Lamlas and agriculture minister Salem al-Suqri . Both officials have survived.

The rebel group Houthis is leading a fight against the internationally recognized government which is based in the city of Aden.

A small country in the south of the Arabian peninsula, Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2014 as the UN repeatedly said that the situation in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Houthi insurgents overthrew the ruling government and occupied the northern regions of the country 7 years ago. The civil war made the current president Abd-Rabbu Mansour-Hadi leave the capital Sanaa. 

Saudi Arabia established an Arabic states coalition alongside the United Arab Emirates and intervened in Yemen back in 2015 supporting the escaped president. 

The Houthis presumably enjoyed the covert support of Iran and its primary ally Hezbollah party.  

The conflict becomes a stalemate and none of the parties can declare victory. As a result of the conflict thousands of people were killed and left homeless which caused a huge humanitarian crisis.

Earlier, it was reported the United States has been gradually decreasing its presence in the Arabian peninsula by pulling its defense systems and Patriot batteries out of Saudi Arabia.