Suspicious passports prevent the resumption of flights from Sanaa airport

date of publication:
23 April 2022 23:49 GMT

Date of update: April 24, 2022 0:05 AM GMT

The Yemeni government announced this morning that it had not given permission for the first flights of Yemeni airlines from Sanaa airport, which has been closed for more than 6 years, due to non-compliance by the Houthi militia with the agreement that provides for the approval of passports. issued by the legitimate government, accusing the militia of trying to use the flights during the two months of the ceasefire to smuggle dozens of its leaders abroad under false names and documents.

On Sunday, Yemen Airways announced the postponement of its first flight from Sanaa International Airport, which has been closed for more than 6 years and was scheduled to depart this morning to the Jordanian capital, Amman, because it had not received permission until tani.

The Yemeni company in a statement on its official page on the social network Facebook said that “it has started the procedures for booking tickets for passengers on this flight and has made all its technical preparations for the arrival of the plane. and his departure time, and then his return to Sana’a International Airport from Amman, and this trip will be a good gesture to transport patients and travelers from Sanaa to Amman. “

The Yemeni government held “Iranian Houthi militia fully responsible for the failure of the first commercial flight from Sana’a International Airport to the Jordanian capital, Amman, and the return, which was scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 24, due to non-compliance.” with the agreement that determines the approval of passports issued by the legitimate government. ” .

Yemeni Information Minister and government spokesman Muammar Al-Eryani said in a Twitter post, “The Houthi terrorist militia imposed (60) passengers on the flight with unreliable passports issued by it, in light of information confirming the planning to use the flights during the two months of the ceasefire to smuggle dozens of its leaders, leaders and experts.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanese Hezbollah, with false names and forged documents.

Al-Eryani called on the international community, the United Nations and the UN envoy to “put pressure on the Houthi terrorist militia to stop manipulating this humanitarian dossier and to take citizens in its areas of control hostage to it.” reap profits, regardless of their terms. and their aggravating suffering and to expedite the launch of the flight under the conditions of the declaration of calm under the auspices of the United Nations ”.

The two-month ceasefire and truce agreement announced by the United Nations included the opening of Sanaa International Airport, which is under the control of Houthi militias, to a limited extent, to receive two commercial flights a week, in addition to the agreement that Houthi they would lift their siege on the city of Taiz and allow the flow of petroleum products into the port of Hodeidah, which is under their control.

With the end of the first month of the Yemeni ceasefire approaching, the Houthi militia continues to delay the implementation of the agreement, which provides for the opening of corridors and humanitarian crossings, despite the cessation of airstrikes by Arab coalition forces and the Yemeni government allows fuel oil reach the port of Hodeidah, which is under the control of Houthi militias.

Last Tuesday, the head of the Presidential Command Council in Yemen, Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi, revealed that the Houthi militias refrained from appointing their representatives to the special committee for opening the crossings in Taiz.

On Sunday, Houthi militia accused the Arab coalition countries, “of refusing to give the Yemeni Airlines a permit to reduce the flight that was scheduled to arrive at Sana’a International Airport today,” according to what was reported by Version controlled by the Houthi of the Yemeni news agency Saba, through the authority agent, Civil Aviation, Raed Talib Jabal.

And Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak announced, a few days ago, the launch of the first flights of the Yemeni airline, between Sanaa and Amman, during the ceasefire, today, Sunday. He expressed his gratitude to the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for “facilitating the issuance of permits to conduct flights”.

Last Thursday, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the opening of Sanaa Airport on Sunday for the first flights is an important step in implementing the Yemeni ceasefire.

At a press conference held at the International Organization’s permanent headquarters in New York, he stressed that the success of the first flight through Sanaa International Airport “depends on the commitment of the parties to the ongoing facilities, in accordance with the ceasefire agreement”.

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