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.


Jordan’s king urged to bolster UNESCO resolutions on Jerusalem

Girls play in their school yard in the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem. Israel has frozen plans to demolish the village that has drawn the world’s attention. (AFP)
Updated 24 October 2018
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Jordan’s king urged to bolster UNESCO resolutions on Jerusalem

  • The call came in an open letter to King Abdullah in his capacity as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites
  • If a UNESCO fact-finding mission arrives in Jerusalem too late, it may not find real facts to be documented: letter

AMMAN: Religious and political figures in Jerusalem urged Jordan’s king to coordinate with the Palestinian president and the UN to obligate Israel to implement resolutions passed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding the city.

The call came in an open letter to King Abdullah in his capacity as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites. 

“If a UNESCO fact-finding mission arrives in Jerusalem too late, it may not find real facts to be documented,” the letter said.

“The mission will find only an altered status quo, faked history, and important monuments and archaeological layers would be removed or Judaized.”

Wasfi Kailani, director of the Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Arab News: “The issue of Jerusalem is always a high priority for the king, and Jordan will be studying the appeal from all aspects before making a decision as to the next steps.”

Hanna Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim-Christian Committee and a signatory to the letter, told Arab News: “This appeal reflects clear Christian-Muslim unity in the face of continued and daily Israeli violations, especially in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

He expressed hope that the issue will reach the International Criminal Court (ICC), but said: “Unfortunately, US hegemony has rendered many of these institutions totally impotent.”

The latest UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem — sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan — said: “The Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” 

It reaffirmed that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem… are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.”