Saudi-led coalition lifts ban on commercial flights to Yemen

Saudi-led military coalition will allow the resumption of international commercial flights to the country. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 12 November 2017
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Saudi-led coalition lifts ban on commercial flights to Yemen

RIYADH: Commercial flights in and out of Yemen will resume on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government lifted a week-long ban.
The coalition closed all air, land and sea ports to stem the flow of weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen after an Iranian-supplied ballistic missile was launched at Riyadh from Houthi-held territory on Nov. 4. Saudi defense forces shot the missile down and there were no casualties.
The Houthis have fired more than 70 missiles into Saudi Arabia in the past two years, but the Riyadh attack was the deepest into Saudi territory.
“Flights by national carrier Yemenia to the coalition-controlled cities of Aden and Seiyun will resume on Sunday,” Yemeni Transport Minister Mourad Al-Halimi said on Saturday.
Sohaib Al-Hamdan, a travel agent, said: “The resumption of flights will help to ferry Yemeni and non-Yemeni passengers bound for Yemen, who have been waiting in transit at various locations.
“Several of the 26 Yemeni airports are currently not operational, and flights are neither taking off nor landing at those airports for security reasons.”
The Yemeni government-held southern port of Aden reopened on Wednesday, but ports in Houthi-held areas are still closed.
The Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar praised the Arab coalition for supporting the legitimacy of his government. He said Yemen was at an extraordinary stage, and that the Houthi coup had caused great suffering.
The Iran-backed Houthi militias were a danger to the region and a threat to international peace and security, Al-Ahmar said.


Israeli air strike kills Hamas man in Gaza

Updated 19 July 2018
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Israeli air strike kills Hamas man in Gaza

GAZA: An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip killed a member of the militant Hamas group on Thursday and wounded three others, Hamas sources and medical officials said.
The Israeli military confirmed it had carried out an air strike targeting Hamas militants who were about to launch balloons rigged with flammable material over the border into Israel.
Hamas sources said the casualties were security men working at an observation post near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Fires caused by incendiary helium balloons and kites launched by Palestinians in Gaza have ravaged tracts of farmland in Israel in recent months. Israel has vowed to stop the attacks, even at the risk of wider conflict.
Weekly clashes at the Israel-Gaza border have kept tensions at a high for months. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during protests at the frontier held every week since March.
Israel says Hamas has been orchestrating the demonstrations, dubbed The Great March of Return, to provide cover for militants' cross-border attacks. Hamas denies this.
Cross-border violence surged on Saturday when Palestinian militants fired more than 100 rockets into Israel and the Israeli military carried out dozens of air strikes in the Hamas-ruled enclave.