Yemen's Aden University Condemns Assassination of Dean
The University of Aden has condemned the murder of its dean of sciences and her son and granddaughter, who were killed in her apartment in the de facto government capital of Yemen.
"The academic community, the city of Aden, and all of Yemen were shocked by the assassination of Dr. Naja Ali Moqbel, the dean of the Faculty of Sciences, and her son Sameh and granddaughter, after a gunman stormed her home," a statement said Wednesday.
Neighbors of Dr. Moqbel in the western Inma residential district managed to catch the gunman and the security services arrived soon after, according to the statement.
It said the university president had convened an emergency meeting in the wake of the killings, appointing a task force mandated to press for a timely and transparent investigation of the case.
Yemen's prime minister, Ahmad bin Dagher, condemned the "despicable" killings of Dr. Moqbel, her son Sameh and granddaughter Lian, in a statement carried by the state-run Saba news agency.
He said President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi had issued directives for security agencies to merge under the umbrella of the Interior Ministry to facilitate information sharing.
Abdelaziz bin Habtour, the prime minister of the breakaway Huthi government and the former governor of Aden, also condemned the assassination.
"The academic community has lost a distinguished colleague, one of the best members of the Faculty of Science at the University of Aden," he said, highlighting her scholarly contributions and books in a statement carried by the rebel Saba news agency.
Habtour blamed the coalition for allowing Aden to descend into "chaos."
The southern port city has also seen a string of assassinations against religious figures in recent weeks.
Aden has served as the base of Yemen's internationally recognized government since Huthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa in 2014.
The following year, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of allies intervened on behalf of the Yemeni government against the Iran-backed Huthis.
But Aden has been the scene of division among the anti-Huthi camp.
In January, southern separatists backed by the UAE attacked government loyalist forces in Aden, overrunning the city. The government was forced to hunker down until Saudi and Emirati envoys arrived to quell the infighting.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since 2015 in Yemen's conflict, which has unleashed what the U.N. has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.