ADEN: At least three people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen’s coastal city of Aden on Tuesday, according to residents and a local medical source.
Residents of Aden’s Sheikh Othman district said a bomb-laden car had plowed into a mess hall serving Yemeni forces trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Three people were killed in the attack,” a local medical source said, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media.
Several others were wounded, the same source added, including three who had sustained “serious” injuries.
Following the bombing, ambulances could be seen rushing the injured to nearby hospitals.
Hours afterward, the Daesh terrorist group — in a statement posted on social-media platforms — appeared to claim responsibility for the deadly attack.
Houthis target military hospital in Yemen’s Taiz:The Shia Houthi militia on Tuesday struck a military hospital in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz, resulting in a number of civilian casualties, according to a Yemeni military official.
“Houthi fighters shelled a military hospital in the city center, leading to an as-yet-undetermined number of civilian deaths and injuries,” army spokesman Colonel Abdul Basset al-Bahr told Anadolu Agency by phone.
According to al-Bahr, the hospital building — along with much medical equipment — was damaged in the attack.
Tuesday’s attack, he added, had originated in the Houthi-held Al-Hoban district east of the city.
Houthi officials, for their part, have yet to comment on the army spokesman’s assertions.
Houthi fighters are currently besieging Taiz, which for the last three years has largely remained under the control of Yemeni government forces.
Impoverished Yemen has been wracked by violence since 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.
The UAE is a member of a Saudi-led military coalition cobbled together in 2015 to fight the Shia Houthi militia, which had overrun much of Yemen — including capital Sanaa — one year earlier.
The coastal city of Aden now serves as interim headquarters for Yemen’s Saudi-backed government. (AA)