Powerful Blast Near Yemen President’s Residence


Aden:  A powerful explosion has been reported outside the residence of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi in the southern city of Aden.

The blast in Aden “targeted a security checkpoint that leads to the entrance of the presidential palace,” the official told Reuters by telephone.

The blast took place 1,500 meters from Hadi’s presidential wing, according to Al Arabiya.

It comes just hours after the Saudi-led coalition was reported to have launched an airstrike on the palace and in the country’s capital, Sanaa. The strike lasted for more than two hours, destroying military targets and damaging civilian homes, according to NTV7.

Supported by the US, the Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the Houthi rebels – who control Sanaa – since March 2015.

The coalition sides with exiled President Hadi while the Houthis are aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who resigned in 2012 following a popular uprising against his rule.