Government members were moved to the palace earlier today after an attack on Aden Airport. Several projectiles struck the airport shortly after a plane carrying the ministers arrived from Saudi Arabia.
The explosion near Aden’s Presidential Palace was apparently the result of a follow-up attack. The UAE-based al-Arabiya said the explosion was caused by the successful interception of an armed drone that was heading to attack the palace. No human losses were reported.
“The confused statements of the mercenary government of Riyadh about the explosions in Aden Airport are questionable,” Dhaifallah al-Shami, Minister of Information in the pro-Houthi Sanaa-based Salvation Government, said on Twitter. “ It is an attempt to cover up their crimes against civilians and to settle the inter-accounts of mercenary parties.”
The attacks in Aden will likely enflame the already tense situation in Yemen. Fierce battled between the Houthis and Saudi-backed forces are still taking place on several fronts.
- On December 29, Ansar Allah attacked positions of Saudi-led forces in Jabal Murad and reportedly captured Ahdhan Mountain.
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 150 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours.
- On December 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on Sanaa Airport.
- On December 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Zaher area.
- On December 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Kitaf area.
- On December 30, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces were reported near the Labanat base.