First plane touches down Yemen’s Aden airport

Saudi military plane lands on Yemen’s Aden International airport southern Yemen

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The first Saudi military plane landed down on Aden International airport in Southern Yemen on Wednesday, first arrival of a flight in the four-months war in the port city, an airport official said.

"A Saudi military plane landed at Aden airport this afternoon carrying weapons and military assistance to the popular resistance forces, in the first flight there since March 25," the official said.

According to AFP, more than 1,300 military humvees arrived Aden through Bureiqah port to support the forces allying the exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Yemeni local fighters backed by Saudi-led air strikes wrested the port city and its airport from the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels last week. The district of Khormaksar also fell under the control of pro-government militiamen.

Several exiled ministers and top intelligence officials - formerly based in Riyadh - successfully landed in Yemen's devastated southern city of Aden on Thursday, Yemeni officials said.

This is the first visit for Hadi’s government to Aden in three months, since the start of the Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthis in Yemen began in late March.

Around 20 million Yemenis are suffering from a lack of water and a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the armed conflict in the country.

In the city of Aden alone, more than 858 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 259 children, and 6,879 others were wounded in the first 102 days of the conflict.

More than 3,000 people, including 1,500 civilians, have been killed in the conflict since March, according to the UN.

An international aid agency said last week that a fuel shortage in Yemen may cause more deaths than the ongoing conflict between the country’s government and Houthi rebels. Fuel is needed to keep Yemen’s water pumps functioning.

TRTWorld and agencies