Extremist group ISIS claimed the responsibility for multiple car bomb attacks that rocked the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing 31 people, according to a statement posted online.
The statement from the Yemeni affiliate of the group said, “The soldiers of the Islamic State in Yemen, in a wave of military operations as revenge for the Muslims against the Houthi apostates [detonated] four car bombs near the centers of Houthi apostasy.”
Delegates attending peace talks in Switzerland revealed no significant progress after the second day of UN-sponsored push for Ramadan truce. Saudi-led forces conducted more airstrikes in Houthi military bases across Yemen prior to the blasts.
“Four car bombs targeted the political bureau of Ansarullah, the Hashush mosque in the Jiraf district, the Kibsi mosque in the Zira district and the Qubat al-Khadra mosque, causing the martyrdom and injury of dozens,” an official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
Insurgent attacks on Yemen’s Ziadis have significantly increased since the Houthi militants overthrew the government, mostly led by Sunnis, this year and forced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.
The home of Abdel-Aziz Jubari, a senior politician attending peace talks in Geneva as a delegate of the exiled government, was blown up by the Houthi militants in central Yemen on Wednesday. The Houthi fighters took control of Jubari’s home in April, dynamited it early morning, as confirmed by the residents of Dhamar city. Yemeni websites published the pictures of the collapse of the building.
“This is regrettable that people’s manners and behaviours can reach this point,” Jubari told Reuters in Geneva.
“Of course my house is not the only house in Yemen … A lot of people’s homes and properties have been targeted in an unbelievable way.”
Jubari is the deputy head of the delegation team in attending talks in Geneva, sent by the ousted President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.
Houthi officials were not available for comments.