Nearly a dozen people have lost their lives when a bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle near forces loyal to the Saudi-backed former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the southern port city of Aden.
“Eight members of the security forces and two civilians were killed in a car bombing in the central district of Abdul Aziz.
“There are a large number of wounded, some of them in serious condition,” Aden’s Security Director Brigadier General Shalal Shaya said.
Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire at the main office of United Arab Emirates-trained security forces.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
The development came more than a week after Daesh claimed a major attack in Aden that killed 35 people.
Witnesses said a car bomb was detonated outside the main security headquarters in the city’s Khor Maksar district on November 5. Clashes erupted in the area immediately afterward.
Daesh and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken advantage of the chaos and breakdown of security in Yemen to tighten their grip on the southern and southeastern parts of the Arab country.
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.
The UAE is one of the main allies of Riyadh in its deadly war against the Yemeni nation. The United States has also been providing arms and military training as well as bombing coordinates to the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of the protracted war, which has failed to achieve its goals.
More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.
The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.
According to the World Health Organization’s latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as “unprecedented,” emphasizing that 17 million people are now food insecure in the country.
It added that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough food and rely entirely on external assistance.
A recent survey showed that almost one third of families have gaps in their diets, and hardly ever consume foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy products or meat.
More than 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 need support to prevent or cure malnutrition.