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Sana'a airport reopens after six years with weekly flight to Amman

Abdullatif Al-washali
Press TV, Sana'a

Yemeni authorities have announced the resumption of commercial flights at the Sana'a International Airport from Sunday, after six years, with the first flight to the Jordanian capital Amman.

Yemen's Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority on Thursday announced that the first commercial flight to the Sana'a International Airport in six years will start next Sunday to and from Jordan.

Observers say the UN-brokered agreement calls for two flights a week to and from Egypt and Jordan and allowing only one flight won't be enough to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the country.

The ministry of health says thousands of patients, including children, are in dire need of medical treatment for which they need to travel abroad. Therefore, the United Nations should fulfill its duty and remove restrictions on two weekly flights.

The airport reopening is part of a two-month UN-brokered truce that took effect on April 2, at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 and closed the Sana'a International airport.

The airport closure led to the deaths of thousands of patients, including children, amid the collapse of the war-ravaged country's healthcare system.

The news about the resumption of flights at Sana'a International Airport has brought renewed hope to people.

They say the move will save the lives of thousands of patients, including children, who are battling critical ailments and cannot avail the best medical treatment in their country.


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