Al-Qaeda gunmen stormed the Al-Mahfad military base in Abyan province on Friday, August 2, killing 19 Yemeni soldiers. Reports indicate that the gunmen remained inside the military base for hours before military reinforcements were able to arrive. The attack comes one day after twin attacks in Aden on a military parade and police headquarters, in which 50 people were killed.
Further attacks are possible in the coming hours and days.
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 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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