MOGADISHU, Somalia – Mogadishu joined dozens of other governments in condemning a deadly attack in Yemen allegedly organized by Houthi rebels, which left dozens dead in the latest wave of violence in the Middle Eastern country.
The attack targeted Aden Airport in the country’s capital, Sana’a, just as the Prime Minister of Yemen and other government officials arrived from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, where they were traveling. were on an official trip to bilateral relations.
About 20 people were killed in the deadly attack. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Sa’id said he was fine, but several ministers were reportedly killed in the attack which is one of the worst plots targeting government officials.
“Somalia’s federal government condemns three-blast attack on December 30 at Aden airport in Yemen, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of dozens of innocent civilians,” it says. in the FGS press release.
“The Foreign Ministry reaffirms that the Federal Republic of Somalia stands alongside Yemen,” added the statement from the Foreign Ministry, which was made in solidarity with the Middle Eastern country which has fought against violence.
The government accused the Houthi rebels, who are at war with the Saudi-backed government, of being behind the attack. The rebels have fought to overthrow the Yemeni government over the past decade, but their efforts have yet to bear fruit.
Yemen and Somalia are struggling to rebuild after years of violence, and their respective administrations are often the target of terrorist groups and rebels. Somalia is particularly struggling with Al-Shabaab militants who have been fighting the FGS since 2008.