An improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a motorcycle detonated in a market in the town of Al-Mokha (Taiz province) at approximately 19:45 (local time) on Monday, January 28. According to local sources, at least six people were killed in the attack with 26 others suffering injuries. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing as of Tuesday, January 29. Similar attacks are possible in the area over the near term.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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