Local media reports indicate that at least two people were wounded on Wednesday, July 8, in a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a hotel in the central city of Marib. The bombing in front of the Hotel Louvre is believed to have targeted Abdulaziz Jabari, a prominent advisor to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was staying at the hotel after returning to the country from Saudi Arabia several days ago. Jabari is reported to have been uninjured in the blast but two of his bodyguards were wounded. The extent of damage from the explosion remains unclear.
An increased security presence is likely in Marib in the near term following the bombing.
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 extensive security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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