Yemen Aden airport blast
Dust rises after explosions hit Aden airport, upon the arrival of the newly-formed Yemeni government in Aden, Yemen December 30, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Cairo: Air traffic is set to resume later today at the Aden airport in south Yemen, days after it was hit by a huge explosion that the government blamed on the Iran-aligned Al Houthi militia.

Yemeni Transport Minister Abdelsalam Humeid has directed the reoperation of the airport as of Sunday, the Yemeni news agency Saba reported.

The directive came during the minister’s visit to the airport where he inspected its rehabilitation process.

“We are facing an uphill challenge that it makes necessary for us to join hands and work in team spirit to ensure the return of work to the airport after the terrorist and treacherous attack,” he said, according to the agency.

On Wednesday, a powerful explosion rocked the airport killing 25 people and injuring over 100 others.

The blast occurred as a plane carrying members of the newly formed government landed at the airport from Saudi Arabia. The Yemeni government has accused Al Houthi rebels of standing behind the attack. The government said it would compile a file on the attack to present to the UN.

Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict in late 2014 when they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a and other parts of the impoverished country.