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Yemeni government officials came under attack after landing in Aden Wednesday.

Explosions and gunfire were reported at the airport shortly after a plane carrying the new, pro-Saudi government landed.

Three explosions rocked the Aden Airport in southern Yemen on Wednesday as the newly-formed Yemeni government arrived in the temporary capital, according to a government source.

The source, who preferred to remain unnamed, said one of the blasts likely occurred inside the reception hall for VIP guests, coinciding with the landing of a plane carrying members of the new government at the airport.

The source explained that the explosions took place before the members of the government got off the plane, without giving any further details.

So far, no information was yet available about the cause of the explosions, or whether there were any injuries.

Source: Mahmoud Barakat – Anadolu Agency

UPDATE [Dec 30, 2020 at 13:03]:

One or more explosions and gunfire killed at least 13 people at Aden airport on Wednesday as members of the new Yemen government prepared to disembark on arrival.

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said he and his cabinet were “fine.”

Information Minister Moammer al-Eryani accused the rebel Houthi movement of carrying out what he called a “cowardly terrorist act”.

The new Saudi-backed Yemen government of technocrats was sworn on Saturday at a ceremony in Riyadh before Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

They flew on Wednesday to Yemen’s temporary capital, Aden. The capital Sana’a is held by the Houthi insurgents.

Source: DEBKAfile