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01 Aug 2019 | 10:04 PM UTC

Yemen: At least 50 people killed in twin attacks in Aden August 1 /update 2

Yemen News Alert

Series of attacks kills at least 50 people in Aden; further attacks possible over coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Aden

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Event

At least 50 people were killed in separate attacks in Aden on Thursday, August 1, as unidentified militants detonated explosives at a police headquarters and Houthi rebel forces targeted a military parade. Unidentified militants carried out a coordinated attack on a police station in the Omar al-Mokhtar district in Aden, in which three suicide vehicle-born improvised explosive devices (SVBIED) targeted security forces. Some 10 people were killed and 16 wounded in the attack.

Houthi rebels then targeted a military parade at the Al-Galaa base, in which an estimated 40 people were killed and 56 wounded by a medium-range ballistic missile. The strike reportedly resulted in the deaths of several commanding officers of the Security Belt Forces militia. 

Further attacks are possible in the coming hours and days.

Context

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.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments 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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