Sanaa Airport .. Obstacles and Huthi mines on the road for civilians

Despite the hopelessness of the Yemenis to open Sanaa airport and stop the UN ceasefire, Houthi militias have planted mines and obstacles in the way of civilians and the sick.

The Houthi militia has prioritized the travel of wounded militants via flights from Sanaa airport, which limited the ability of civilian patients to travel and exacerbated their suffering after years of coups showed their pain.

The first flight is scheduled to depart from Sanaa Airport to Amman next Sunday, according to what was announced by the Yemeni government and Yemen Airlines, and was welcomed by the United Nations, which is sponsoring a humanitarian ceasefire in the country.

The two-month ceasefire initiative, which runs from April 2 to June 2, between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, included, in addition to humanitarian and economic measures, the operation of two commercial flights a week to Sanaa Airport, with specific destinations. including Jordan.

Since 2016, UN and aid flights have arrived daily at Sanaa airport with government facilities and from the Arab coalition, with the aim of alleviating the suffering of Yemenis, but Houthi militias have taken this as a pressure card for it. blackmailed the United Nations.

The Houthis are seeking to give Sanaa airport a civilian and give it more immunity to legitimize its military use and turn it into a threat platform, as has happened over the past 7 years, according to allegations. repeatedly denied by the Arab coalition.

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And in the last two days, and in connection with the good news that Sana’a airport took its first flight, Houthi militia headed in to force civilian patients who wanted to travel through Sana’a airport to be register and obtain prior approval from thus. called the “Supreme Medical Committee”, an institution built and subjugated by the coup in recent years to serve its wounded.

In statements to the head of the so-called “Supreme Medical Committee”, Mutaher al-Darwish, the Houthi militia agreed to give priority to fighters wounded by its elements and leaders, to the extent of more than half in the airfields of planned according to the ceasefire. , and claimed that the remainder is for civilians.

The Houthi Committee also approved humanitarian ceasefire declarations for travelers, claiming they number in the thousands, meaning that critical cases of civilian patients who received news of the recent opening of Sanaa Airport will no longer be able to travel.

This was confirmed by one of the patients, who preferred not to give his name to Al-Ain News, after he said that the Houthi militia determined the need to get medical approval or a report from the so-called “medical committee” for the coup, as well as setting amounts other than travel ticket tariffs approved by Yemenia Airlines.

The Houthi militia has exacerbated the suffering of patients in its areas of control, which has always exploited their pain to achieve its political and black goals under the banner of air blockade.

And Yemenia Airlines, the exclusive air carrier to and from Yemen, had set up several procedures to travel on ceasefire flights, including obtaining a pre-booking visa to Jordan, with the passenger carrying $ 1,500 until his arrival at Amman airport. .

He also excluded travelers for treatment purposes under the age of 15 and over the age of 50 from obtaining a visa, provided that proof of this is brought in (hospital reservation in Jordan or a medical report), as well as a ban on booking within 48 hours. of departure of the flight for special reasons by sending flight statements 48 hours before the trip.hours.

Houthi Exchange

In connection with the announcement of the opening of Sanaa, the social media site was buzzing with the continuation of the Houthi militia in imposing a strict military siege on the city of Taiz, the largest city in Yemen in terms of population density and its rejection. to open a humanitarian artery for civilians based on the UN ceasefire.

According to Yemeni sources, it was planned to open Sanaa airport at the same time as opening a humanitarian corridor in the city of Taiz, but the Houthi militia deliberately did not appoint its representatives to the United Nations to negotiate with the Yemeni government in accordance with the text of the initiative. ceasefire.

Yemeni activists opposed what they called the fragmentation of humanity by the Houthi militia and demanded justice to facilitate the movement of civilians and patients between Taiz and Sana’a.

Under the hashtag, “Remove the siege in Taiz”, Yemeni photographer Ahmed Al-Basha wrote that justice is for “civilians and patients to travel from Sanaa to Jordan or Cairo for treatment without restrictions or suffering, and that civilians and patients travel from Taiz. unrestricted treatment, siege and suffering ”.

Al-Basha expressed on his Facebook account, followed by Al-Ain Al-Akhbariya, that he was pleased that Sanaa Airport took the first flights next Sunday as a step to alleviate the suffering of civilians, considering this as evidence of the good intentions of the Presidential Command Council.

However, the Houthi militia did not send any positive message regarding the lifting of the siege in Taiz, but instead intensified its spread and erected dirty fortifications, which sends negative messages about its intention to open the way for civilians, according to Al- Basha, who published. a photograph showing Houthi building new fortifications at the eastern entrance to Taiz.

For his part, the Yemeni ambassador to Morocco, Izz Al-Din Al-Asbahi, said that “the step to reorganize flights from Sanaa airport took some time for well-known technical reasons and the decision was related to the provision of service. ”.

The Yemeni official considered the opening of Sanaa Airport an achievement that serves “our citizens above all and consolidates the steps towards the liberation of Houthi militia control in a significant part of Yemen … But what does the opening of Taiz crossings require of the coup?” ”

Al-Asbahi responded to his question on his Facebook account that the Houthi militia does not need anything to open the main roads of Taiz, which have been completely closed for 8 years, noting that the opening of crossings between cities by militias and internal trade flows, will improve the path of peace in Yemen and will function.To significantly stop the deterioration of the living situation.

This was confirmed by the Yemeni journalist and political activist, Abdul Salam al-Kaisi, in a statement to Al-Ain News, that “the road is a human right that should not be used as a political and military card”.

As he warned against the exchange of the Taiz siege by the Houthi militia in exchange for the opening of Sanaa airport, along with the political benefits, the UN envoy to Yemen called for not accepting the division of humanitarian issues and that the Taiz siege is the biggest humanitarian issue to be ended during the two months of the ceasefire.

international invitations

The French government has renewed its request to speed up the opening of roads and crossings in the city of Taiz, along with humanitarian measures related to facilitating the entry of fuel boats into the port of Hodeidah and the resumption of flights through Sanaa airport.

This was stated by the French Ambassador to Yemen, Jean-Marie Safa, when he welcomed the announcement of the launch of the first commercial flight from Sanaa and the arrival of oil tankers in the port of Hodeidah.

Saffar stressed the need to consider all forms of suffering throughout Yemen, saying “France demands the opening of roads to Taiz, without delay to demonstrate the sincere commitment of all parties to peace.”

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a telephone conversation with the President of the Presidential Steering Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, on Thursday evening, stressed the importance of opening roads leading to the city of Taiz to alleviate human suffering.

For his part, Al-Alami reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the humanitarian ceasefire despite Houthis’s continuing violations, calling on the international community to put pressure on militias to lift the deadly siege of Taiz, as stated in the UN initiative. for a ceasefire.

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