Saudi Arabia to resume flights to Najran airport closed because of war in Yemen

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-05-03 | Since 4 Month

Najran Airport

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Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday its intention to reopen Najran airport south of the kingdom on the border with Yemen early next month, after having stopped for about 4 years because of the war in Yemen.

The kingdom's civil aviation authority said in a statement it had completed preparations to restart the airport and resume its flights from 1 Ramadan 1440 AH, which due next Monday.

The statement said that Saudi Airlines will operate two flights a day to Riyadh and Jeddah, pointing out that the decision came after the necessary studies to ensure the application of the security and safety standards required to restart the airport.

The airport in Najran was suspended in 2015 because of the war in Yemen, according to Saudi media announced earlier. The area is one of the targets of the missiles that Riyadh accuses the Houthis of launching.

Houthi group has recently tended to use more unmanned aerial vehicles than ballistic missiles in attacking Saudi territories and Yemeni official forces.

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

The Houthis say they fire ballistic missiles and UAVs at Saudi lands in retaliation to coalition strikes on its forces and civilian targets in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group (Ansar Allah) seen as proxy for Iran in the Arabian Peninsula country.

The conflict has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

Yemen 4-year war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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