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Missile attack and suicide bombings kill at least 40 in Yemen

Yesterday, August 1st 2019, a missile struck a military parade in Yemen’s port city of Aden, while suicide bombers targeted a police station in another neighbourhood of the city. The attacks left over 40 dead.

In the suicide bombings, a car, bus, and three motorcycles were said to have been detonated outside a police station. The attack involved four suicide bombers and left 11 dead and 29 injured.

While the missile attack occurred slightly later, hitting the neighbourhood of Breiqa, where a military parade was taking place. This attack killed at least 32. Dozens were said to be wounded, though no figure was provided.

The New York Times reported that, from both attacks, 50 were wounded – with 40 killed in the missile attack.

No breakdown was provided for the civilian and security personnel casualties from these attacks.

Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the missile attack but no group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

AOAV recorded 1,807 civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen in 2018 across, the third highest of any country in the world after Syria and Afghanistan. AOAV data found that 78% of the total casualties in Yemen in 2018 were civilians; marking an 8% rise in civilian casualties from the previous year.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV encourages all armed actors to stop using explosive weapons with wide-area affects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.