Reopening Sanaa airport is a must: Human rights




53 human rights alliances and organizations from 13 Arab countries on Wednesday called on the international community to quickly re-open Sanaa International Airport, as a humanitarian necessity and a duty towards the Yemeni people.

In a letter handed over to the UN Special Envoy’s office in Yemen, the human rights organizations considered the continued closure of Sanaa airport a serious violation of the rights of civilians, including the right to life, in addition to the suffering of patients in need for treatment abroad, explaining tha the suffering of Yemenis due to the continued closure of the airport, referring the number of deaths due to serious diseases has doubled because patients are unable to travel for treatment, and calling on the United Nations to take strict decisions and measures that oblige the Saudi-led coalition to open Sanaa airport without delay.

Many citizens are stranded abroad, including scholarship students, and could not return home due to the continued closure of Sanaa airport, according to the letter.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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