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Saudi seeks to shut down Sana’a intl. airport through new airstrikes: Yemeni airport director

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A plane operated by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical relief agency prepares to take off at the Sana’a International Airport, Yemen, September 8, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

The new wave of airstrikes by the so-called Saudi-led coalition on the Sana’a International Airport serves to keep the facility out of service and entertain the absurd notion that it cannot reopen for commercial flights, says the managing director of the airport. 

“The allegations made by the coalition against the Sana’a airport are not something new; and are an attempt to mislead world public opinion and provide a justification for repeated attacks on it,” Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted Khaled al-Shayef as saying in a statement released on Sunday.

He noted that the United Nations is the exclusive client of the Sana’a airport, and the strikes have disappointed ill Yemeni civilians requiring treatment abroad because of the serious nature of their medical condition.

Shayef hoped for a clear position by the UN with regard to the reopening of the airport to, at least, humanitarian flights, stressing that the airport is ready to receive various commercial and cargo flights given the fact that Yemeni aviation authorities have not received any complaints when receiving UN aircraft.

He highlighted that the economic cost as a result of the Saudi-led air blockade and closure of the Sana’a airport stands at a very high level.

On Friday, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement said attacks on the airport indicate the utter despair and confusion of the Riyadh-led alliance.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.

The war has claimed more than 100,000 lives. That is according to the US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization.

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