Ye­men air­port bombed

The Niagara Falls Review - - WORLD NEWS -

SANAA, Ye­men — The Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion fight­ing Ye­men’s Shi­ite rebels bombed the air­port in the rebel-held cap­i­tal, Sanaa, on Tues­day, Ye­meni of­fi­cials said, though there were con­flict­ing re­ports as to the ex­ten­sion of dam­age caused in the strike.

The UN said most of the air­port re­mained in­tact and that it would be able to re­ceive aid ship­ments once they restart.

But Ye­meni of­fi­cials in Sanaa, which is held by the rebels known as Houthis, said the air­port’s run­way and a ground nav­i­ga­tion tower were dam­aged. Re­pair crews were al­ready at work, they added, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Jamie McGoldrick of the UN Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of

Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs said UN staff had vis­ited the air­port and spo­ken with au­thor­i­ties there, and that its “run­way, taxi­way, ramp, ter­mi­nal and air traf­fic con­trol tower were not hit and are in good con­di­tion.”

The coali­tion closed all Ye­men air, land and sea ports last week in re­sponse to a rebel bal­lis­tic mis­sile at­tack on Riyadh.

The coali­tion said Mon­day that it would re­open ports in ar­eas held by al­lied forces and loosen re­stric­tions it had raised af­ter the fir­ing of the mis­sile, which was in­ter­cepted near Riyadh’s in­ter­na­tional air­port.

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