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12 killed in vehicle explosion in Yemen’s Aden: Report

At least 12 people have been killed when a vehicle exploded at the entrance of the international airport in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, a report says.

“Twelve civilians were killed in an explosion” in the vicinity of the Aden International Airport and “there are also serious injuries,” Reuters quoted an unnamed security official as saying on Saturday.

The cause of the huge blast was not yet known, the official further told Reuters, which also cited some eyewitnesses and a number of other unnamed officials, who confirmed the incident.

An airport official said a small truck exploded at an outer gate to the airport on Saturday evening, while a local official and two security sources said the vehicle was carrying petroleum products.

Earlier this month, an explosives-laden car in Aden targeting a convoy transporting the city governor claimed the lives of at least six people and wounded others. The governor survived.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched a brutal campaign against Yemen, with the goal of bringing the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement, which had overthrown the previous Yemeni government in a revolution. The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

For the past few years, Hadi has turned Aden into his so-called regime’s temporary capital, gathering his armed militias there. However, tensions have also simmered within Aden itself between Hadi and the southern separatist groups, which are collectively known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC). The council is supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is Saudi Arabia’s significant ally in the war.

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