Middle East

Yemen crisis: Aden governor survives 'IS bomb attack'

The destruction following a car bomb attack that targeted a convey of three senior south Yemeni officials in the Inma district, north of the the southern Yemeni city of Aden Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption The so-called Islamic State group says it carried out the attack, which killed at least one person

The governor of Yemen's port city of Aden, Aidarus al-Zubaidi, has survived an assassination attempt, security sources say.

A car bomb exploded as his convoy was passing, killing at least one body guard. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group says it carried out the attack.

The city's last governor, Jaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed in a similar attack in early December.

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Witnesses to the attack described hearing "a loud explosion". One local man, Attef Hassan, told Reuters: "I thought it was an explosive device. I turned round and saw the governor and his companions getting out of the governor's car, and, thank God, they were not injured."

Yemen has been rocked by fighting, mainly between forces loyal to UN-recognised President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi - who fled into exile in Saudi Arabia - and those allied to Zaidi Shia rebels known as Houthis. IS opposes both groups.

A Saudi-led coalition made up of nine nations began airstrikes in March, hoping to defeat the Houthi rebels.

On Tuesday, warplanes carried out fresh strikes on the capital, Sanaa, which is under Houthi rebel control. Residents say a care centre for blind people and a chamber of commerce building were hit.

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Image caption The Houthis took over western Yemen in March 2015

The UN says almost 2,800 civilians have been killed since fighting began.

"The ongoing armed conflict in Yemen continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 81 civilians reportedly killed and 109 injured in December," UN spokesperson Rupert Colville said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This raises the number of civilian casualties recorded between 26 March and 31 December to 8,119 people, including 2,795 killed and 5,324 wounded."