A huge explosion killed the governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province and six of his bodyguards Sunday, security officials said. The attack was later claimed by a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Gov. Gaafar Mohamed Saad was traveling to his office when the explosion struck his convoy in the southern port city. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the explosion. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an airstrike on a wedding party in southwestern Yemen, a local official and residents said. A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the airstrike, which struck two tents in the village of Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, at a wedding for a local man affiliated with Yemen’s dominant Houthi group.
Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi-led coalition forces of using cluster bombs that are illegal under international law in its conflict with Houthi rebels in Yemen. In a statement released on Wednesday, HRW said the coalition troops used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks between April and July in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in the southern port city of Aden Tuesday following nearly six months of exile in Saudi Arabia, Hadi’s arrival comes as troops supporting him are struggling to advance from the key battleground of Marib to the rebel-held capital some 165 kilometers (103 miles) to their west. Meanwhile, independent security officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hotel housing Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, killing at least 25 people.