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Aviation Authority: Stranded Yemenis And Humanitarian Aid in Exchange for Iranian Airlines

National Yemen

By NY Staff

A senior official source in the Yemeni government, which is currently operating from Riyadh, has said that the General Civil Aviation Authority in Sana’a refused to allow Yemenia Airlines to head emergency air evacuations to alleviate the worry and agony of nearly 28,000 Yemenis stranded in different international airports.

The source, who asked for anonymity, said that the Aviation Authority demanded the full permission for Iranian Airlines in exchange for giving the permission to the arrival of humanitarian relief landing licenses at both airports of Sana’a and Sayoun.

The source added that an agreement has been conducted to operate two flights a day. According to the advanced agreement and coordination with the leadership of the Aviation Authority in Sana’a, the first aircraft was supposed to land at the airports of Sanaa and Sayoun starting from passed Friday.

“The Yemeni government has achieved positive results in the agreement concerning the relief aid program. However, the change in the General Authority opinions and initial approvals for flights that insists to put preconditions for the return of the hopeless Yemeni people stranded abroad made the progress of this issue slow,” said a government source.

For now, Sayoun Airport is the only secured airport in the whole country where the government can, in coordination with the coalition forces, conduct relief flights. However, they fear the occurrence of such aid in the hands of militias, which control the land. Many Yemeni cities such as Aden, Taiz, Lahj, al-Dalea , Sa’adah and recently Marib are experiencing difficult humanitarian situations as a result of the growing scarcity of many essential resources including food, medicine and oil, as well as successive power outages.

According to many international and local aid organizations, the humanitarian situation in Yemen is witnessing a catastrophe. The number of displaced families in conflict zones are growing rapidly. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people have left their homes since the start of the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.

The government source appealed to the General Civil Aviation Authority to change its stance concerning this issue and start taking the necessary initiatives to allow emergency air evacuations and aid to help stranded patients and citizens and arrange for those who meet the conditions a safe return to Yemen.

The source concluded that the Yemeni government working from Riyadh is working actively to reach a ceasefire agreement in order to stop the bloodshed of innocents in Yemen and to start planning for the reconstruction phase that will target all the war-affected areas in the country.