Egypt condemns assassination of Yemen's Aden governor

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Dec 2015

Ahmed Abu Zeid
Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt strongly condemned on Monday the ‘terrorist blast’ that killed the governor of Yemen's southern Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad and six of his bodyguards on Sunday, a statement by Egypt’s foreign minister read.

Egypt has expressed its sincere condolences to the Yemeni people and their government over the bombing’s victims.

The Islamist militant group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which killed the governor and members of his convoy on Sunday.

Spokesperson for the Egyptian foreign ministry Ahmed Abo Zeid said that Egypt stands with Yemen as the ‘atrocious hands of terrorism try to detract from Yemeni legitimacy.’

Abu Zeid also highlighted Egypt’s support for the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab military coalition to expand its control and implement security throughout Yemen.

Since March 2015, Egypt’s air force and navy have taken part in the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Houthi rebels, an Iran-backed Shia militant group that has seized large parts of the country.

In August 2015, Egypt extended deployment of troops abroad by six months.

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