Attack on Aden Airport in Yemen is a war crime: UN Envoy

United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has issued an “unequivocal condemnation of the cowardly attack on the Yemeni cabinet upon the arrival of its members to Aden airport which killed and injured dozens of civilians”.

“Targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure is a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. This despicable attack horrified Yemenis not just in Aden, but across the country. A transgression of such magnitude potentially amounts to a war crime,” . Griffiths said.

“This cabinet is a signal of hope that reconciliation is possible. This horrific attack was a deliberate attempt to turn this moment of hope to one of rift and despair, and to derail efforts to achieve peace and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people,” Griffiths said, “The United Nations will continue supporting Yemenis to reach a future of sustainable peace, free from the fear and grief of days like yesterday.”

According to video footage, a large blast exploded as passengers disembarked the plane arriving from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. At the same time, a welcoming group on the tarmac fled as thick smoke billowed from the airport terminal and the sound of gunfire was heard soon afterwards. 

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