Fifty people have been killed or injured in the Yemeni capital after car bombs were set off near mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s dominant Houthi group in Sanaa on Wednesday.
The four car bombs were coordinated by the Islamic State as Saudi-led forces continue to send more air strikes against Houthi military bases in Yemen. The fifty who were injured or killed were close to areas that they had considered safe, the Hashush mosque, the Kibsi mosque, the al-Qubah al-Khadra mosque and the political bureau of the Ansarullah movement of the Houthis who belong to the Zaydi sect of Shiite Islam.
Although this was not as bad as the attacks on March 20th which killed 137 worshippers and wounded hundreds at two mosques in Sanaa, the attacks have still rocked the nation. This is simply another way in which the Islamic State has increased its operations in Yemen, and have been beginning to take over where Al Qaeda had previously dominated militarily.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, the United Nations’ special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has been conducting diplomacy between the two sides. So far, he remains optimistic while others do not. However, there is hope worldwide that that all sides begin moving to resolve the crisis as soon as possible.
So far, since March when Saudi Arabia began bombing the Houthis and their Yemeni allies, more than 2,600 civilians and combatants have been killed and Yemen has been placed into humanitarian crisis with a lack of food and medicine that is gravely affecting the most vulnerable of the population.