After the Houthi militia obstructed the launch of the first commercial flight scheduled for Sunday from Sanaa, the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, expressed his concern about this step, calling on the Yemeni parties to work on finding a solution to resume flights.
“I would like to express my concern about the postponement of the first commercial flight from Sanaa airport that was scheduled for today. I urge the parties to work constructively with me and my office to find a solution that will allow flights to resume as planned,” Grundberg said in a statement posted on Twitter by the UN office.
“Strengthening and Renewing the Armistice”
He also stressed that the goal of the UN truce announced earlier this month (April 2022) is to serve civilians by reducing violence, providing fuel, and also enhancing their freedom of movement, to and from and within their countries.
“The aim of the truce is to serve civilians by reducing violence, providing fuel, and enhancing their freedom of movement to, from and within their countries. We work to support the parties in implementing, strengthening and renewing the truce.”
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In addition, he affirmed the continuation of work to support the Yemeni parties in implementing, strengthening and renewing the truce.
Forged passports and suspected smugglers
This came, after the Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Eryani, held the Iranian-backed militia fully responsible for the failure to operate the flight that was scheduled to take off from the Yemeni capital, Amman, as part of the two-month armistice agreement announced by the United Nations previously.
He also explained that the Houthis did not abide by the agreement, which stipulates the adoption of passports issued by the legitimate government, adding that they tried to impose 60 passengers on the flight with unreliable passports.
Sanaa International Airport (Reuters – Archive)
In addition, he confirmed the existence of information about the militias’ planning to exploit the flights to smuggle dozens of their leaders, leaders and experts of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese Hezbollah, under fictitious names.
It is noteworthy that the United Nations had announced earlier this month a truce for a period of two months, including stopping military operations, allowing oil derivatives ships to enter the port of Hodeidah, in addition to restarting Sana’a Airport with two flights per week, and opening crossings and roads in the besieged city of Taiz and a number of governorates.
However, since the announcement of that truce, the Houthi militia has been procrastinating in opening humanitarian corridors and crossings between the Yemeni governorates, which the legitimate government considers a humanitarian demand and one of the most important priorities.