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Yemeni Civil Aviation Authority: The Saudi coalition continues to impose a complete blockade on airports


The Undersecretary of the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology in Yemen, Raed Talib Jabal, confirmed that the Saudi coalition continues to impose a complete blockade on the airports of the Republic.
The official Yemeni news agency, Saba, quoted Jabal saying that “the countries of the Saudi coalition have sought to paralyze air traffic at the republic’s airports, especially Sanaa International Airport, since March 26, 2015.”
He added, “In the face of this crime, the General Civil Aviation Authority is constantly taking the necessary measures that would ensure the safety of air traffic within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).”
Jabal continued, “One of these measures is the announcement by the pilots, which is published by the authority every three months, that all airports of the republic are open to commercial and international flights, except for the airports of Taiz and Hodeidah as a result of their complete destruction by the coalition. The last announcement was published by the authority on April 11, 2021.”
He stressed that the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority did not announce the closure of any of the republic’s airports, including Sanaa International Airport, with the exception of the two airports of Taiz and Hodeidah, as a result of their total and systematic destruction by the coalition’s aviation and taking them completely out of technical readiness.
Jabal indicated that the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, is imposing the siege and closing the airports, disregarding all international laws, agreements, regulations and charters, including the Chicago Agreement, which stipulates that airports should not be closed even in wars.
He said, “The General Authority of Civil Aviation and Meteorology has nothing to do with what is being circulated about the announcement of opening or closing Sanaa airport or other airports in the republic,” calling for the rapid opening of Sanaa airport to all flights without restriction or condition.

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