Blasts attacked Aden hotel used by Yemeni primenister

At least 12 people were killed Tuesday in a rocket attack that targeted a hotel hosting top Yemeni officials in the southern city of Aden.

Yemen’s Vice President Khaled Bahah, who is also the country’s Prime Minister, was staying at al-Qasr Hotel since his return to the liberated city of Aden on September 16 along with several members of his cabinet. Officials reported that Bahah had survived the attack unhurt.

Bahah’s return from exile in Saudi Arabia follows that of several other Yemeni ministers who relocated to Aden from the kingdom in the weeks after the city’s recapture. Bahah made a brief visit to Aden on Aug. 1.

Rockets had reportedly hit the entrance of the hotel and ambulances and civil defence forces were on the scene. The missile appeared to have been fired at the gate of the hotel. A second missile landed nearby, while a third landed in the city’s Buraiqah district, residents said.

In July, Bahah announced online the “liberation” of Aden after four months of devastating fighting between loyalist forces and Houthi militias.

Yemeni troops and fighters, backed by a Gulf-led coalition, had driven out the militia from in the southern port city.

Fierce fighting in Aden broke out in March as empowered Iran-allied Houthis expanded their bid for power from the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which they overran in September. The militias have allied with several military units loyal to Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.