A spokesman for the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) Mohamed Abdelsalam hinted on Sunday at closing the airports of the Arab coalition countries until the lifting of the siege on the airport of Sana`a, which has been controlled by the group since late 2014.
Abdulsalam accused the United Nations of failing to do anything in the face of what he called the "crime" of closing the Sana`a international airport and retreating from the air bridge to transport patients whose illnesses are difficult to treat in Yemen and the resulting "human tragedies" .
A spokesman for the Houthis said in Tweet seen by Debriefer: "Due to the crime of closing the Sana'a international airport, the failure of the United Nations to do anything, through its retreat from the medical air bridge, the spread of diseases and the resulting humanitarian tragedies, it was necessary for the countries of aggression to understand that their airports are in the range of fire, and that closure or full paralysis is the closest way to dismantle Siege of Sana'a airport "
Since the beginning of August 2016, the Saudi- UAE led Arab Coalition and has imposed a siege on Sana`a airport, preventing the landing and taking off of any aircraft except for United Nations flights.
Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed conflict between the internationally recognised government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The Houthis have been controlling the capital Sanaa and large parts of most densely populated northern, middle and western regions since they ousted the government in late 2014.
On 26 July 2018, the Houthi group announced that it was targeting Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE capital by a drone, while Abu Dhabi denied that and said that an incident at the airport was caused by a vehicle to transport supplies, but the Houthis published a video on May 23 that confirmed that the airport targeting operation Abu Dhabi International in the UAE capital last July. The UAE did not comment on the video in a tacit acknowledgment of its authenticity
On August 27 and September 30, 2018, the Houthis announced that two Sammad 3 drones had targeted Dubai International Airport, which is about 1,200 kilometers from Yemen. The United Arab Emirates denied the news again.
During a peace consultation hosted by Sweden last December, the Yemen`s internationally recognized government offered the Houthis the opening of Sana`a International Airport and turning it into a local airport so that the civil aircraft leave the airport to one of the two airports under government control to be searched and from it abroad. However, the Houthis refused that offer although before the coalition ban flights on Sana`a airport in August 2016 were subject to inspection at the Saudi airport "Bisha".
The ban on Sana`a International Airport doubled the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and it is difficult for patients and travelers in areas under the control of the Houthis to move out of the country, while the Yemeni government and the Arab Coalition say the Houthis use the airport to smuggle people and equipment.