Top Yemeni militia leader killed in Aden attack

Pro-government militia leader Ahmed al Idrisi killed by gunmen in southern city of Aden, just one day after judge assassination in same district

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Saudi soldier stands guard at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden on July 24, 2015

Ahmed al Idrisi, a senior pro-government militia leader in Yemen, has been killed in the southern city of Aden after his motorcade came under attack while he was travelling in the city’s Mansoura district on Wednesday evening.

The assailants of the attack fled the scene in a car and a motorcycle, residents and militiamen told Reuters news agency on Thursday.

Idrisi was the leader of the Popular Southern Resistance group, an ally to the Saudi-led Arab coalition, which in March 2015 intervened in the Yemeni civil war to restore the government’s authority in regions seized by Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.

Security has been edgy in the city of Aden, despite the coalition’s retaking of the city in July, where Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has set up his government’s headquarters until its power restored in the capital Sanaa.

Gunmen also killed a senior judge, Jalal Abdullah, on the same street on Tuesday, while a bomb ripped through the nearby Islah Islamist Party headquarters just hours later.

In addition to the Houthi rebels, Yemen is also faced with DAESH terrorist attacks, after the group took advantage of the security vacuum arising from chaos in Yemen to establish a cell in the country’s south.

Al Qaeda militants also continue to pose a significant threat to government institutions in Yemen.

According to the United Nations (UN), at least 6,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, nearly half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 injured since March.

Earlier this month, peace talks were held in Switzerland to end the war in Yemen, however the talks ended without an agreement as a week-long ceasefire was reportedly violated by both sides time and again.  

According to the UN's Yemen envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the two warring parties will meet again on January 14, but where the meeting will take place is not defined yet, although it is expected to be either in Switzerland or in Ethiopia.

The War in the country has also triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen, with millions of people in dire need of aid.


TRTWorld and agencies