ICRC plane ‘jeopardizes air space and passengers’ in Yemen airspace

Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said an International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) plane changed course after taking off from Sanaa airport on its way to Djibouti. (File photo / SPA)
Updated 25 July 2018
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ICRC plane ‘jeopardizes air space and passengers’ in Yemen airspace

RIYADH: Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 1pm local time on Tuesday, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plane changed course after taking off from Sanaa airport on its way to Djibouti.
Al-Maliki said the air crew responsible for the aircraft changed its course and were forced to deviate from its original route, adding the plane’s course was changed in order to avoid flying over conflict areas.
Al-Maliki said Coalition forces contacted the aircraft through the global emergency frequency. However, the plane’s crew did not respond to the calls, and instructions were given to redirect the aircraft from the operations zone without hesitation.
“They were forced to land at King Abdullah Regional Airport in Jazan at 2:16 p.m. local time,” he added.
Al-Maliki stressed the keenness of the Saudi-led Coalition, which supports the legitimate Yemeni government, in implementing safety measures and said the actions of the aircraft’s crew was a direct contravention to aviation regulations.
“The safety of the air space was jeopardized as well as the safety of the passengers on the flight, of which there were four in total,” he noted.
Al-Maliki also confirmed the Coalition’s concern over the violation of aviation regulations and said the actions were being taken to ensure the “safety of the air space, as well as the crew and humanitarian workers on board the flight.”


UN envoy to Yemen says agreement on de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah ‘not there yet’

Updated 10 December 2018
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UN envoy to Yemen says agreement on de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah ‘not there yet’

LONDON: United Nations Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Monday that agreement on the de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah are ‘not there yet’.
Speaking at a press conference in Stockholm, following the first round of the UN sponsored peace talks between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, Griffiths told reporters that they will continue to discuss Hodeidah and Taiz.
He also said they are still working to find a common ground for the reopening of Sanaa airport.
During the talks, the two sides discussed a broad prisoner swap, however, Griffiths said the numbers of prisoners to be released by the warring parties will be announced soon.
The UN envoy said he expects to present a detailed plan for the next round of talks and hopes for an agreement from warring factions to hold the next round of talks early next year.