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The first passenger plane in six years took off from Yemen to Cairo

02.06.2022 ТАСС 120 просмотров

An air service has been launched between Egypt and Yemen for the first time in six years.

The first passenger plane in six years took off on Wednesday in Cairo from the international airport of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, held by the rebel movement Ansar Allah (Houthis). According to the Al-Arabiya TV channel, the commercial flight is operated by Yemen Airways, with 77 people on board the liner.

On April 4, the CEO of Sana'a AirportKhaled al-Shayef informed that the harbor should resume operations within two days from flights to Cairo after the ceasefire announced between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition. Then the official noted that the air carrier would carry out two return flights to the Egyptian capital per week. However, in the end, it took another two months to coordinate the flights. However, since the launch in April of commercial flights from Six flights were made from Sanaa to Amman (Jordan). The Cairo board became the seventh in a row.

The return of commercial flights to the air harbor of Sanaa was one of the conditions of the truce that came into force on April 2. The UN Special Envoy for Yemen announced the cessation of hostilities for two months at the timeHans Grundberg, who participated in the inter-Yemeni consultations held in Riyadh without the Houthis, convened at the initiative of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. However, at the end of April, the Yemenis accused the pro-Saudi alliance of not fulfilling the main provisions of the truce, since no aircraft was allowed to land in Sanaa, and ships with fuel could not enter the port of Hodeidah.

Meanwhile, the ceasefire expires on June 2, and negotiations on its extension have reached an impasse.

With the outbreak of the conflict in 2015 and the establishment of a no-fly zone over Yemen by the coalition, Sanaa Airport stopped servicing civilian aircraft, but for some time it was still actively used for evacuation flights. Later, he very rarely received UN aircraft, and also serviced the planes arriving via the humanitarian line. Over the years of the war, the alliance repeatedly attacked the air harbor and the adjacent airbase, which caused significant damage to its runway and other infrastructure. The coalition command accuses the Houthis of using this vital facility to launch booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles on Saudi territory.

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