“Daddy please wake up” (via Rana Harbi)
Friday prayers at two mosques in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa were targeted to devastating effect by suicide bombers with the death toll now reaching 140. Lebanese journalist Rana Harbi posted a photo of a small boy said to be crying “Daddy please wake up” for over an hour in the midst of chaotic scenes of detached limbs and rivers of blood. Around 350 other persons were wounded in the attack allegedly claimed by the Islamic State (IS) and condemned by Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsular (AQAP).
The Sanaa branch of IS said in a statement that five suicide bombers carried out a ‘blessed operation’ against the ‘dens of the Shiites’. Threatening an escalation of sectarian violence, they also warned of an ‘upcoming flood’ of attacks against the rebels saying that the bombings were the “just the tip of the iceberg”. They stated, “infidel Houthis should know that the soldiers of the Islamic State will not rest until they eradicate them and cut off the arm of the Safavid (Iranian) plan in Yemen.” The following is an alleged audio statement by “Islamic State” on the Sanaa mosque bombings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lD3h0Rkhqw …
Aftermath of Friday’s bombing of mosques in Sanaa
The Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques were used by Shia Muslim Houthi group, backed by Iran which had taken control of the government in January 2015 with the President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi regime quitting in protest, he later fled to Aden. Houthis now control at least nine of Yemen’s 21 provinces. Reuters News Agency, reported,
“among the dead was Almortada al-Mahatwary, a leading figure in Yemen’s Shi’ite Zaidi sect, the Houthi-controlled al-Masirah television channel said.
Badr mosque was hit by two bombers and two others struck a second mosque. A fifth bomber was killed when he tried to attack a mosque in Saada province, a northern Houthi stronghold, but the device went off prematurely, a security source told Reuters.”
The country has seen a long period of instability with Hadi working closely with the US supporting drone strikes against Sunni militant group al Qaeda which had led to protests in the country. The American Embassy is now closed indefinately due to the security situation.
Hakal Bafana, a lawyer contact in Yemen who often posts on the political situation said of the Sanaa bombings, “I don’t feel like writing anymore on what these haiwaanat did in Sanaa mosques today. He added, “this is new: Yemen security statement says mosque suicide bombers (4 in Sanaa, 1 in Saada) had explosives hidden in arm or leg plaster casts in other parts of the country.” Bafana also updated on others parts of Yemen stating,
“officials in Al Houta town, capital of Lahj province, fled to Aden after militia took over control. Unclear earlier if Hadi militia or AQAP were the ones who took control. But now, it is confirmed that AQAP militants, not pro-Hadi militia, are in control of Al Houta. At least 19 soldiers killed in earlier clashes. Al Anad airbase is barely 20km NW of Al Houta. The US soldiers based there were evacuated en masse by a US Air Force plane earlier today. Basically, AQAP just chased the US out of Yemen”
Neighbouring Saudi Arabia which shares a 1,800-kilometer border issued a statement saying it “condems the terrorist attacks in Yemen as a threat to the security and unity of the country” and “confirms that it supports the legitimacy of the government of Yemen and stands by the brotherly people of Yemen with all its resources” see full statement below,
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.