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CCTV cameras captured the moment when a suicide bomber struck Houthi supporters who were preparing to hold a rally in the capital of Yemen on Thursday.
At least 47 people were killed and 75 were injured. A policeman guarding a local bank in Sana’a told a Reuters reporter that a man wearing a suicide belt approached a checkpoint.
In a separate attack at a military outpost in the eastern province of Hadramuwt, 20 soldiers also lost their lives.
There has been no claim of responsibility for either attack, although they bear the hallmarks of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who have vowed to fight the Shi’ite Houthis.
The deadly bombings came on the day when a political showdown between Houthis and the President Abd-Rabbu Mansour forced Prime Minister-designate Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak to step down. His appointment on Tuesday, as part of a power-sharing deal was rejected by Houthi leaders. The UN-brokered deal aims to bring an end to the violence between Houthis and government forces.
The protest against Mr Bin Mubarak’s appointment still went ahead as planned.
The political crisis in Yemen has deepened since the Shia rebel group took control of Sanaa on September 21st.
The US ambassador to Yemen condemned the violence and urged Yemenis to forge ahead with the power-sharing deal. In a post on the US embassy website he said, The US ambassador to Yemen condemned the violence and urged Yemenis to forge ahead with the power-sharing deal. In a post on the US embassy website he said, “Yemen’s challenges are political and therefore must be resolved through political solutions.”
The deal itself allowed for President Hadi to reverse unpopular fuel subsidy cuts, to form a new ‘technocratic government’ with the Shia rebels and secessionists in the South nominating advisors. In return the Houthi paramilitary groups would withdraw from the capital and hand over weapons within 45 days.