Yemen Defense Minister Survives Assassination Attempt

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 - 19:45
Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen’s Defense Minister Mohammad Ali Maqdashi survived on Wednesday a landmine explosion in the Marib region. Eight of his guards were killed.

Maqdashi was visiting a frontline area of Sirwah. It is located west of the government-held city of Marib, and east of the capital Sanaa, controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

"A vehicle accompanying that of the defense minister was struck by an explosion," a defense ministry source told AFP.

"Nothing happened to the minister," the source said.

A military source told the German Press Agency that the Houthis planted landmines in Sirwah before withdrawing from them, and one of them exploded during the passing of the minister’s convoy.

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