ISIS claims responsibility for bombings at Yemeni mosque

Story highlightsRebel-controlled media says 28 people are killed, dozens woundedISIS uses social media to take creditThe attack is the fifth against mosques in Yemen's capital in past two monthsISIS claimed responsibility on social media for the attacks.

Dozens of people were wounded in the bombings, Yemeni Defense Ministry officials said.

The first attack targeted Al Moayyad mosque, a pro-Houthi neighborhood in northern Sanaa and the second bombing took place as civilians were trying to help the victims of the first attack, ministry officials said.

This is the fifth mosque attack over the past two months in Sanaa. The attacks have targeted pro-Houthi mosques.

It's all part of the turmoil and violence that has wracked Yemen for months, as the Houthis -- a minority group that has long held sway in northern Yemen -- increasingly asserted themselves elsewhere in the country, including taking over Sanaa early this year.



President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi resigned in January, only to come back later (after الان اليمن fleeing the country) to claim he is still Yemen's rightful president. He has gotten support from, among others, Saudi Arabia's government, which spearheaded a coalition that launched airstrikes on Houthi targets in March.

Houthi rebels are acting as the government in Yemen, while the الان اليمن internationally recognized government is in exile.

There has been off-and-on talks of ceasefires, but nothing so far has stuck. Instead, the Houthis have lost more and more ground to forces tied to Hadi.

Journalist Hakim Almasmari reported from Yemen and Steve Almasy wrote in Atlanta.



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