By Ismail Auwal
A bomb explosion has killed five women in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, Yemen, at a wedding held on New Year’s Day.
Yemeni’s Government has blamed Houthi rebels for the attack on Friday night, which happened at a hall near Hodeida’s airport.
This explosion happened just two days after at least 26 people were killed in blasts that rocked the airport of the southern city of Aden, as government ministers got off a plane.
General Sadek Douid, the government representative in an UN-sponsored joint commission overseeing a truce, condemned the Hodeida blast, which also left seven wounded, as “an odious crime committed by the Houthis against civilians”.
Hodeida’s Houthi-appointed governor, Mohammed Ayache, said on Al-Masirah television, which is run by the Shiite Muslim rebels, that “the forces of aggression never hesitate to blame others for their crimes”.
Saudi-backed government forces launched an offensive in June 2018 to retake Hodeida, the main entry point for humanitarian aid to poverty-stricken Yemen.