Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Sana’a Intl. Airport, Stops Humanitarian Aid Flights
The Saudi-led coalition targeted on Tuesday Sana’a International Airport with several devastating strikes, leading to the demolition of the air traffic control in an attempt to stop the UN and international relief organizations from delivering humanitarian aid.
The coalition launched two airstrikes on Sana’a International Airport north of the capital Sana’a, local source reported to YemenExtra.
A statement issued by the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology stated that the aerial attacks of the Saudi-led coalition “led to the total destruction of the air traffic control VOR-DME).
The statement also pointed out that the aim of the demolition of the device is “the elimination of navigational equipment and thus stopping the only left flights in Sana’a airport, the flights of the United Nations and international organizations for aid and humanitarian relief.”
The Commission stressed that this targeting is a clear violation of international conventions and treaties and a flagrant challenge to the United Nations, the international community and the Chicago Convention Article 3 bis, which states that civilian airports must not be targets during war.
Furthermore, the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology appealed to the international community and the Security Council to properly take their responsibilities towards this brutal attack on Yemeni civilian airports.
Moreover, it called for an immediate investigation and a firm stance on these crimes against humanity, as well as to take action and cease this war in order to allow the resumption of all civil flights to and from Sana’a International Airport.
In a similar context, the US-backed coalition bombed Hodeidah International Airport in western Yemen.
This occurred in less than a day after the United Nations renewed its demand for the Saudi-led coalition to lift the blockade imposed on Yemen, which consists of closing all Yemen air, sea and land ports, for a whole week.
“The humanitarian organizations need full access to all ports and airports,” spokesman Stefan Dujarric said Monday.
“The opening of some ports is not enough because this requires crossing the front lines to deliver humanitarian aid,” he added.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi-led coalition targeted the airports of Sana’a and Hodeidah more than once since the beginning of its military campaign on Yemen in March 2015.