Yemen: 3 Red Cross employees among Aden airport deaths

Cairo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said that three of its employees in Yemen were killed in an explosion that hit Aden airport on Wednesday.

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At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured in the blast that occurred as a plane carrying members of the newly formed government landed at the airport from Saudi Arabia.

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“Our staff were transiting through the airport with other civilians when the explosion occurred. Three were injured, including one seriously,” the ICRC said.

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One of the three deaths was a Yemeni citizen who helped coordinate ICRC’s air transport activities, which included overseeing the transport home of more than 1,000 former detainees in October.

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The second was a Rwandan national who helped those in need as an x-ray technician of the Red Cross medical team.

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Heavy blow

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The third was a Yemeni health officer in an ICRC-supported hospital, who had been pursuing his Ph.D. in the field of medicine, the organisation said in a statement.

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“The deaths and injuries caused by the blast are a heavy blow for many families,” said Katharina Ritz, the ICRC head of delegation in Yemen.

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“Yemen has endured many difficult days; we hope for a brighter one tomorrow,” Ritz added.

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The Yemeni government has accused the Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia of standing behind the attack.

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Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict in late 2014 when they toppled the internationally recognised government and seized the capital Sana’a.

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