Saudi Arabia on way to reopen Aden airport

Aden International Airport set to reopen via aid from Saudi Arabia after its recapture from control of Iranian backed Houthi militias

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Two Saudi aircrafts landed in the Yemen’s capital on Friday and brought required equipments to reopen Aden’s international airport, after four months of not working due to the ongoing civil war in the country, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters drove the Iranian allied Houthi militias out of the southern port city and much of the neighbouring areas, as well as the recapture of the Aden’s international airport on July 14.

Once the airport resumes regular operations using the assistance of the equipment brought by the two Saudi aircrafts, the city is expected to be able to execute promptly imports of urgently required emergency humanitarian aid.

The first plane that landed at the newly reopened Aden international airport, since the abolishment of the Houthi militias, was Saudi Arabian aircraft, which brought weapons and military assistance.

A second aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed at Aden airport at dawn on Friday also carrying humanitarian aid, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Aden has been a key city in the three-month battle between the Arab coalition backing President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi militants after Hadi’s government sought refuge in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

President Hadi’s government fled to Riyadh in March this year as the Houthi forces seized the capital in September, 2014.

A coalition of Arab states allied with Hadi government bombarded Houthi insurgency since late March, also ran training programmes and dropped weapons for Yemeni fighters loyal to Hadi.

Four months of air raids and constant clashes have killed more than 3,500 people in Yemen, Aden suffering the most due to shortages of food, medicine and fuel.

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

The latest military action for the coalition was launching warplanes that bombed targets across Yemen including the capital Sanaa on Friday, according to Houthi media Saba news and security sources.

The coalition bombed several districts in Aden, including Dar Saad, Hael and Al Khadra and targets in Marib, Shabwa, Abyan, Taiz and Amran provinces.

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