Dec. 30 (UPI) — Yemen’s Aden Airport got here beneath assault on Wednesday simply earlier than members of the newly shaped authorities arrived, officers mentioned.

A loud explosion and gunfire had been heard on the airport shortly earlier than the airplane carrying the cupboard officers arrived there.

Native media confirmed video footage of the blast on the airport. Preliminary stories mentioned both mortars or drones had been used within the assault.

A number of civilians had been reported killed in the assault and dozens had been injured. The New York Occasions reported a minimum of 16 lifeless.

Authorities mentioned not one of the incoming authorities cupboard leaders had been injured.

Yemen data minister Moammar Al-Eryani mentioned opposition Houthi rebels had been behind the assault. Iranian-backed Houthi militants have been continuously combating the Yemeni authorities, with assist from Saudi Arabia, for nearly seven years.

“We guarantee our [people] that each one cupboard members are protected and [the] cowardly terrorist assault by Iran-backed Houthi militia on Aden airport is not going to deter us [from] our responsibility and our life is not extra worthwhile than different Yemenis,” Al-Eryani tweeted.

“Might Allah have mercy on souls of martyrs and need quick restoration for [the] injured.”

The newly shaped Yemeni authorities, which was sworn on this month, was purported to be a step towards ending the long-running civil conflict, which has killed 1000’s and advanced into one of many world’s deadliest humanitarian crises.

Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Maeen Abdulmalek Saeed instantly introduced that he additionally was unhurt.

Saeed tweeted that Wednesday’s assault will solely enhance Yemeni dedication to maintain the federal government functioning till the Houthi rebellion is defeated.