A week after announcing his exit from service, the Houthi group announces temporary permission for the resumption of United Nations flights to Sanaa airport

The Houthi group in Yemen announced on Monday the temporary resumption of United Nations flights to Sanaa airport, a week after it announced that the airport was out of service after it was subjected to air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saba News Agency, affiliated with the Houthi group, Ansar Allah, stated that the Civil Aviation Authority – run by the group – announced in a statement that it had allowed the resumption of United Nations flights to the airport “after the defect in communications and navigational devices was temporarily fixed.”

The authority warned – in the statement carried by the agency – that it could not guarantee the long-term continuity of the work of these devices because of their old age, and urged the United Nations to help it introduce new devices that it had purchased to replace the old ones.

The Civil Aviation Authority added that it holds the United Nations and international organizations fully responsible for the process of landing and taking off aircraft in the event of a sudden failure of these devices, and it also held Saudi Arabia “responsible for the consequences of targeting the airport and seizing its equipment.”

Last Tuesday, the Houthi group announced that Sanaa airport had stopped working after a number of its facilities were targeted by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, while a UN official called for the airport to be reopened quickly for the flow of aid.

For its part, the coalition confirmed that the strikes were against military targets at Sanaa airport, accusing the Houthi group of using the airport to launch drones towards Saudi Arabia.

The coalition also said at the time that the strikes would not have any impact on the airport’s operational capability, and would not affect the management of airspace and air traffic.

Sanaa airport has been closed to civilian flights since 2015 after the Houthis overthrew the government in Sanaa, but UN planes were allowed to land there.

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