A humanitarian employee for the World Meals Program has been fatally shot in an assault in Yemen
ByAHMED AL-HAJ Related Press
SANAA, Yemen — Gunmen shot and killed the pinnacle of one of many World Meals Program’s workplaces in southwestern Yemen on Friday, the humanitarian group stated. No militant group instantly claimed accountability for the assault.
In an announcement, WFP stated that Moayad Hameidi, a Jordanian, was shot by gunmen within the metropolis of Taiz not lengthy after he arrived within the nation to imagine the function as head of its workplace in that metropolis. It added he died shortly after reaching a hospital.
Hameidi was shot by two armed assailants on a bike, based on an announcement issued by a neighborhood safety committee on Friday. No additional info was given.
Al-Qaida within the Arabian Peninsula, additionally recognized by its acronym AQAP and believed to be one of many extra harmful branches of the al-Qaida terror community, is energetic in a number of areas in Yemen. Years of the nation’s civil warfare have allowed the militants to keep up a presence in a number of areas round Yemen.
The warfare started in 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, and far of northern Yemen and compelled the federal government into exile. A Saudi-led coalition entered the warfare in early 2015 to attempt restore the internationally acknowledged authorities to energy.
Each the Houthis and the federal government condemned the assault in statements late Friday. Neither aspect accused anybody of being behind the killing.
Taiz, the nation’s third-largest metropolis, has been below a siege by the Houthis since 2016, as a part of the brutal civil warfare. The blockade has severely restricted freedom of motion and impeded the movement of important items, drugs and humanitarian assist to the town’s residents.
A senior Yemeni safety official from the federal government aspect stated an investigation was underway. He declined to offer his title as he was not licensed to speak to the media.
Yemen’s battle has created one of many world’s worst humanitarian crises and over time turned it right into a regional proxy warfare between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Greater than 150,000 individuals, together with fighters and civilians, have been killed.