Yemen airport bombed
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.