YEMEN Press Agency

Transport Minister: Changing of roles between coalition, its local tools to keep siege on Sanaa Airport continuing is unacceptable

SANAA, March 26 (YPA) – The Minister of Transport, Abdulwahhab Al-Durra, stressed on Sunday that the switching of roles between the Saudi-led coalition and its local tools in order to continue the siege of Sanaa Airport is unacceptable.

“We will not stand idly by in the face of the suffering of the Yemeni citizen when he desires to travel for treatment abroad or when he waits for reservations for his return to his homeland,” Al-Durra said during his meeting with the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, David Gresley.

In the meeting, it was agreed upon arranging the necessary flights for United Nations staff and the flights programmed to implement the agreement to release prisoners recently signed in Geneva.

The Minister of Transport urged the United Nations organizations to work with complete impartiality in the areas of humanitarian work, without bias to any party, in order to ensure the relief of the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Al-Durra noted the recent measures taken by the “Yemenia” company in Aden to prevent citizens from obtaining travel tickets from Yemenia offices and agencies within the Republic of Yemen and to stop travel to new destinations such as Cairo and India.

“The unfair measures by Yemenia were met with popular discontent and pressure on the Ministry of Transport, the Salvation Government, and the United Nations to open all required destinations and open Sana’a Airport without restriction or condition,” he said.

The Minister of Transport stressed the need to open all Yemeni airports to travelers, including Sanaa International Airport and Al-Rayyan Airport, which the occupiers turned into a military barracks.

In turn, Yemen Airways’ Chargé d’affaires, Khalil Jahaf, stated that the company’s assets had not been frozen by Sanaa, arguing that the decision to prevent the sale of flight tickets from Sanaa is unsound and contradicts commercial and humanitarian principles.

For his part, Gresley stated that the United Nations is trying to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, adding that the UN will engage with the relevant authorities to address the issues that are preventing the full operation of Sanaa International Airport.