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Yemen Governor Survives Assassination Attempt

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A man looks at a damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, Jan. 5, 2016. Three senior southern Yemeni officials survived a suicide car bomb attack on their convoy in Aden.

A man looks at a damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, Jan. 5, 2016. Three senior southern Yemeni officials survived a suicide car bomb attack on their convoy in Aden.

The governor of Yemen's port city of Aden survived an apparent assassination attempt Tuesday.

A car bomb blew up as the convoy carrying Governor Aidarous al-Zubaidi passed by. Al-Zubaidi was apparently unhurt, but several bodyguards were wounded along with, according to a witness, some civilians.

No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack. But a pro-Islamic State group was behind last month's bombing that killed al-Zubaidi's predecessor, Jaafar Saad.

Tuesday's attack came a day after a gunbattle in Aden between Yemeni forces and secessionist militants -- one of a number of groups jockeying for power in Yemen as they try to drive out Houthi rebels who control the capital, Sana'a.

Saudi airstrikes and ground forces are in Yemen on the side of the internationally recognized government.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council urged all sides in Yemen to "resume a meaningful and sustainable cease-fire" and return to peace talks.

The 15 members again expressed concern for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, saying it is getting worse.

U.N relief officials say 80 percent of civilians in Yemen are in dire need of food and adequate medical care.

Recent talks on putting together a unity government in Yemen have failed.

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