Coalition to allow flights to Aden, Seiyun


ADEN — The Saudi-led coalition fighting against Yemen’s Houthi militias will allow the resumption of international commercial flights to the country, a Yemeni government minister said.

The alliance said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports in Yemen to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward Riyadh.

Flights by national carrier Yemenia to the cities of Aden and Seiyun would resume on Sunday, Yemeni Transport Minister Mourad Al-Halimi said in a statement late on Friday.

The southern port of Aden was reopened on Wednesday. The coalition reopened Al-Wadea border crossing linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen on Thursday.

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Abdulraqib Fatih called on United Nations organizations to play an effective role in the delivery of relief aid through the port of Aden as well as ports and airports in other liberated provinces.

The government represented by the Higher Committee for Relief is committed to facilitate delivery of aid shipments to all governorates through local partners from civil society organizations, Fatih told Yemen News Agency.

He reiterated the commitment of the Higher Committee for Relief to abide by internationally recognized standards of neutrality, transparency and accountability in dealing with relief aid. — Agencies