Incident Summary:

12/30/2020: Assailants attacked Aden International Airport in Aden City, Adan Governorate, Yemen. The attack was targeting aircraft which carried the Yemeni prime minister and other cabinet members. This was one of two related incidents. Thirty people were killed and 60 were injured. These totals included one journalist who was killed and 10 others who were injured; as well as staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), of which one was killed and three were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah), who denied involvement. Sources also suspected the involvement of Southern Resistance Forces (SRF). Additionally, sources noted that the targeted officials were newly elected as part of a peace agreement in early December 2020.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Aden International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Yemen
Specific Description Aircraft of Government Officials
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Three mortars and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included government officials Ministry of Labour Undersecretary Yasmin al-Awadhi, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Moneer al-Wajeeh, Deputy Transport Minister Nasser Sharif, International Committee of the Red Cross worker Yara Khawaja. Casualties conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) (suspected) No
Southern Resistance Forces (SRF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"At least 10 killed in Yemen airport blast," RTE Online, December 30, 2020.
"BBCM Turkey Watchlist for 31 December," Turkish media, December 31, 2020.