At least 22 dead in deadly airport attack in Yemen

An explosion and gunfire erupted after a plane carrying members of Yemen’s new Saudi-backed government landed. Journalists and other officials are among those who were targeted in the attack.
1:25 | 12/31/20

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We head overseas now to a deadly airport attack in Yemen that happened as live cameras an explosion killing at least 22 people. The blast and gunfire erupting just after a plane landed, carrying members of the country's new saudi-backed hundreds of people on the tarmac at the time. Here's ABC's James Longman. Reporter: Hundreds of supporters had lined up on the tarmac to celebrate the arrival of Yemen's newly formed unity government from Saudi Arabia. The massive crowd surrounding the plane to greet the new cabinet. They were met instead by terror. Watch as the crowd runs from the explosion, moments after the officials start to disembark. A fireball on the tarmac rises into the air. With yet more loud blasts and gunfire in the terminal building, people are unsure which way to go. The officials coming off the plane taken to safety. In a least 22 dead, more than 50 wounded. Yemen blamed iranian-backed houthi rebels for the attack, with whom the country has been locked in a bloody civil war for years. It escalated when a saudi-led coalition launched a military operation in 2015, which has since left the world's poorest country with over 100,000 dead, and a famine which the U.N. Calls the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth. The new unity government has been formed just a month before Joe Biden takes office himself. He's been critical of Saudi Arabia's destabilizing role in the region and its proxy wars with Iran. It will be one of the biggest foreign policies challenges he'll face as president. James Longman with those breaking details overseas James, thank you.

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