Second Explosion Rocks Near Yemen Presidential Palace

A second explosion has been heard near the presidential palace in Yemen, according to a local news report.

Earlier today, the first explosion rocked Aden airport as the new cabinet arrived from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where cabinet members had a swearing-in ceremony, CNN quotes a security source.

The new cabinet including the Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said Al-Jaber were immediately transferred to the palace after the first explosion.

“We and the members of the government are in the temporary capital of Aden and everyone is fine,” Maeen tweeted from Maasheq palace.

“The cowardly terrorist act that targeted Aden airport is part of the war that is being waged against the Yemeni state and its great people.”

According to a senior health official, Salem Al-Shabhi, more than 20 people were killed in the first explosion, The Independent reports.

The new government was formed to cement an alliance between the Cabinet of Yemen, supported by Saudi Arabia, and the Southern Transitional Council.

Both factions now stand against the Houthi rebels, controlling the country’s North amid the Yemeni Civil war.

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