Yemen .. Sanaa International Airport Administration denies using it as military point

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-03-05 | Since 3 Month

Sanaa International Airport

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Sanaa's international airport adminstration under the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) denied late on Monday that there were missiles launch platforms or any military presence in its facilities.


Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to support Yemen's legitimate government, said on Monday that the Houthis group is using Sanaa International Airport as a military point and a site for ballistic missiles, drones and air threat in air defenses.


"The air defenses of the Houthi militias pose a direct threat to air traffic, as well as United Nations aircraft and authorized non-governmental organizations from the coalition forces," al-Maliki told a weekly news conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh.


According to source at Sanaa International Airport, Houthi-run Yemen's "Saba" news agency reported:"The airport is civil and works in accordance with international standards and used for civilian flights and for humanitarian and aid if United Nations organizations and other international organizations.".


The source said that "United Nations aircraft and international and humanitarian organizations arrive on a daily basis to Sanaa International Airport and provided all services applicable in all airports and in accordance with international standards and the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO".


The source surprised by the statement of coalition spokesperson, saying that aimed at misleading global public opinion and impede claim to reopen airport.


The source stressed that "Sanaa Airport is ready to receive all civilian and humanitarian flights if the embargo is lifted." 


The source called on the Security Council and the United Nations to press the coalition to reopen the airport and to urgently rescue patients awaiting an unknown fate due to the lack of medical services and medicines "He said.


Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.


The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, and pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.


Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28 million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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