Houthi rebels accuse Saudi-led coalition of bombing Sanaa Airport in Yemen

Yemenia Airlines Chief Saleh Ba Hedile said in a statement at Cairo Airport that the flights resumed following the Saudi-led coalition lifted restriction on air travel to Yemen.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the reopening of the ports was for the "safe transfer of humanitarian actors and humanitarian and commercial shipments" into Yemen.

Saudi officials offered no justification for the attack, which added even further to United Nations concerns about the shortages across Yemen.

"We would like to confirm that steps are being taken by the coalition, in full consultation and agreement with the government of Yemen, to start the process of reopening airports and seaports in Yemen to allow for the safe transfer of humanitarian actors and humanitarian and commercial shipments".

After two years of a devastating war, the Houthis still control much of Yemen's north while the south falls under the embattled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognised by the global community and who is supported by the Saudi-led coalition.

The coalition led by Saudi has turned away or delayed a host of ships carrying fuel and supplies to ports under control of the rebels.

The Houthis control most of the north, including Sanaa and its global airport, while the Saudi-led coalition dominates the airspace.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's top priority humanitarian crisis, with more than 17 million people lacking food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

The Saudi-led coalition has been targeting the Houthis since they seized parts of Yemen in 2015, including the capital Sanaa, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and the United States have alleged that the ballistic missile used in the attack was supplied by Iran. The port of Aden controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia but does not have the capacity, according to the United Nations, to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo.

But the military intervention, which has triggered widespread criticism from the worldwide community, has left more than 10,000 people, most of which civilians, dead.

Initially, the ports Aden, Mocha, and Makulla will be opened as they are in areas under Yemen's internationally recognized government.



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