Rockets hit Aden hotel housing Yemen PM, sparking fire
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Rockets hit Aden hotel housing Yemen PM, sparking fire

Local official says three projectiles strike building, people left ‘dead and wounded’ in attack

A member of the Saudi forces speaks to Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah (L) during his visit to the Saudi-led coalition military base  (AFP PHOTO / AHMED FARWAN)
A member of the Saudi forces speaks to Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah (L) during his visit to the Saudi-led coalition military base (AFP PHOTO / AHMED FARWAN)

A hotel in Yemen’s second city of Aden where Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was staying with members of the government was on fire on Tuesday after being hit by three rockets, a security source and witnesses said.

People had been left “dead and wounded” by the attack, a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity, without saying if that included any members of government.

Bahah and his ministers have been installed in Aden — declared Yemen’s provisional capital after it was taken back from Shiite Houthi rebels in mid-July — after spending six months in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Columns of smoke were rising from the Al-Qasr hotel in the city’s western suburbs on Tuesday morning, an AFP reporter on the scene said.

Ambulances and civil defense forces were on the scene, witnesses said, adding that the rockets had hit the entrance of the hotel.

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