UN experts blame Yemen’s Houthi for attacking Aden Airport

United Nations (AP) — UN experts say that when the new Yemeni government arrived, a deadly missile attack on the airport in Aden, Yemen’s main southern port, was launched by the Houthi rebels. It states that it is highly sexual.

Yemen’s Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said the December 30 attack, which killed at least 25 people and injured 110, meant “eliminating” the new government. He accused the Houthi of Iran’s support in a bold attack.

In an important section of the United Nations report obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday, an expert committee said, “At least two missiles were launched from Tides Airport to Aden on December 30, 2020.” With confidence. ” Two more missiles are likely to have been launched from the Damar City Police Training Center. “

“The panel was able to confirm that both locations were under the control of the Houthi army at the time of launch,” the panel said.

The conflict in Yemen began in 2014 when the Houthi rebels acquired the capital, Sana’a. The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States and allied with the government, has been fighting rebels since March 2015. The conflict caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, putting thousands of Yemen on the brink of hunger.

Houthi officials denied being behind the attack and sought to blame an unspecified group of Saudi-led coalitions.

The attack took place shortly after the plane carrying Prime Minister Saeed and his ministers landed at the airport. AP footage from Aden’s airport shows that members of the government delegation disembarked when the blast shook the parking lot, and many ministers rushed back into the plane or ran down the stairs to find shelter. I showed that I did.

The new Yemeni government was established in December to end a dangerous political rift with southern separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates. Internal rifts threatened the UAE’s partnership with Saudi Arabia, which is fighting the Houthi in Yemen.

An analysis of CCTV footage from Aden Airport, UN experts said, “clearly shows the shape of the missile … 5 to 5.5 meters” and “impact angle pointing to a ballistic missile.”

“The high accuracy visible at some impacts leads to the conclusion that guided missiles were used,” the panel said.

The expert report concluded that “the available evidence strongly demonstrates the use of solid fuels, short-range, surface-to-ground, and ballistic missiles.”

“The Houthi army is using short-range ballistic weapons or will be in the years,” the report said in a Badr-1 released in the media in February 2017 by Yemen and Saudi Arabia, generally the Houthi. I will.

The Panel said the analysis of debris from the attack found that “diameter and fragmented warheads, and laboratory analysis of metals strongly point to the Badr-1 missile family.”

Badr-1 missiles have been frequently used by the Houthis against targets in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, but the panel said, “There is still evidence that the Badr-1 family missiles are being used by other armed groups in Yemen. I haven’t seen it. “

The Houthis has made similar attacks in the past.

In 2015, former Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and members of his cabinet survived a missile attack accusing the Houthi of attacking the government-used Aden hotel. Last year, the Houthi launched a missile at a military parade of militias pledged loyalty to the UAE at a base in Aden, killing dozens of people.