Large explosions rocked the airport of Aden in Yemen on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying the country’s newly formed cabinet arrived from Saudi Arabia. At least 22 people were killed and 50 were wounded in the blast, officials reported.
Another explosion rocked the capital, close to the palace, where the new cabinet members were taken to, shortly after the airport explosion.
While the source of the explosion is not immediately clear and no group has claimed responsibility for attacking the airport, Information Minister Muammar al Eryani accused the Iranian-backed Houthi militia group of launching the attack. The Houthis have denied responsibility.
Al Eryani posted on Twitter, “We assure our ppl that all cabinet members r safe, & a cowardly terrorist attack by Iran-backed Houthi militia on Aden airport will not deter us from our duty & our life isn’t more valuable than other Yemenis. May Allah have mercy on souls of martyrs, & wish fast recovery [to the] injured.”