The plane was carrying all 24 new ‘Yemeni ministers’ as well as Prime Minister Moein Abdulmalik. The government was formed earlier in December putting an end to a year-long crisis between the UAE-allied Southern Transitional Council and pro-Saudi Yemeni parties.
Undersecretary of the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights, Nabil Abdul Hafeez, said many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosions. According to Yemeni sources, the explosions claimed the lives of more than five people.
The UAE-based al-Arabiya TV confirmed that the Yemeni PM and the ministers are not among the casualties. According to the channel’s sources, the senior Yemeni officials were taken to a safe place after the attack.
The nature of the target suggests that the attack may have been carried out by the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah. Nonetheless, the Yemeni group has not commented on the attack yet.