The claim was backed up by an independent news site, Aden al-Ghad, which blamed al Qaeda-linked insurgents for Saturday’s explosion.
In the port city of Aden, which coalition forces had retaken, al-Qaeda fighters took control of a navy port, hotel and an intelligence building that they bombed, Fawaz Munir, a resident in the al-Tawahi district, said by phone.
The Houthis, a Shi’ite Muslim sect traditionally based in Yemen’s north, still hold the capital Sanaa, which they seized last September.
They were also said to have taken up positions in several strategic parts around the city. Some Yemeni officials are now in Aden but the government remains in Saudi Arabia.
Emirati troops are on the ground in Yemen and the U.A.E. has provided support and equipment to coalition forces fighting the Houthis, said a person with knowledge of the troop deployment, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak on the issue.
LONDON – A military jet taking part in a British air show crashed into a busy main road, killing seven people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said Saturday. Residents say al Qaeda fighters have also maintained a presence in the area. “Thus far they aren’t harassing individuals, making an attempt as an alternative to realize help, although I absolutely understand they’re ready for the appropriate second to assault and management all of Aden”, Faris stated.
The night strike follows a similar attack yesterday which killed three Al-Qaeda suspects as they travelled through the central Marib province, tribal sources said.
Al-Qaida, which had only a minor role the war against the Houthis, took advantage of the chaos to recruit hundreds of young men and acquire weapons, according to several officials.
In other developments, two pilots in the Saudi-led coalition were killed when their Apache helicopter came down on the border with Yemen on Friday, the coalition said.
Yemeni transport Minister Badr Bassalma informed The Related Press that Aden’s ports have been safe and operational, with out elaborating.
Their advance south prompted Yemen’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh and sparked a Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign on rebel targets across the country. Some Yemeni officers are presently in Aden however the authorities stays in Saudi Arabia.