Raid destroyed Sanaa airport navigation station

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

Yemeni officials say the Saudi-led coalition has bombed the airport in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, damaging the runway and a ground navigation tower.

Last week, Saudi Arabia claimed their regime was reopening the Hodeideh Port to resume humanitarian aid deliveries; however, this was short-lived and no aid was delivered to country.

He underscored that a United Nations verification and inspection mechanism is already in place and could work with the Saudi-led coalition on implementing strict procedure but Saudia has to open the port.


"We would like to confirm that steps are being taken by the coalition, in full consultation and agreement with the government of Yemen, to start the process of reopening airports and seaports in Yemen to allow for the safe transfer of humanitarian actors and humanitarian and commercial shipments".

Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its blockade of his war-torn country.

The coalition asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to send a delegation to Riyadh to "review current inspection measures to reinforce and introduce a more effective inspection and verification regime (UNVIM) aimed at facilitating the flow of humanitarian and commercial supplies and prevent smuggling of weapons, ammunition and missile parts".


He said many weapons have been smuggled to the Houthis through Hodeida and the small ports they control. Saudi Arabia and the United States have alleged that the ballistic missile used in the attack was supplied by Iran.

Aden port, which is controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia, does not have the capacity, according to the United Nations, to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo and would mean hazardous cross-line deliveries. The war has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and left much of the country's infrastructure in ruins. Saudi Arabia is backing supporters of ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against rebels called the Houthis, who are backed by Iran and allied with militants supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Initially, the ports Aden, Mocha, and Makulla will be opened as they are in areas under Yemen's internationally recognized government.


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