Aden re­ceives first flight af­ter ‘block­ade’

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ADEN: Ye­men’s na­tional air­line said on Tues­day a com­mer­cial flight had landed at Aden in­ter­na­tional air­port af­ter ac­quir­ing se­cu­rity per­mits.

The Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing Ye­men’s Houthi mili­tia said last week it had closed all air, land and sea ports in Ye­men to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran. The move came af­ter Saudi Ara­bia in­ter­cepted a mis­sile fired to­ward Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran.

A Ye­me­nia air­lines of­fi­cial said a flight took off from Cairo and landed in Aden on Tues­day be­fore re­turn­ing to the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal. He said the flights would in­crease grad­u­ally over the com­ing days.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Daesh claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a car bomb­ing that se­cu­rity sources said killed 10 peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil­ians, at a se­cu­rity post in the gov­ern­ment bas­tion of Aden on Tues­day.

The ter­ror­ist group claimed the at­tack in the south­ern port city via the en­crypted mes­sag­ing app Tele­gram, adding that a Ye­meni sui­cide bomber had det­o­nated the ve­hi­cle.

Aden’s se­cu­rity chief told AFP: “Eight mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces and two civil­ians were killed in a car bomb­ing in the cen­tral dis­trict of Ab­dul Aziz.”

“There are a large num­ber of wounded, some of them in se­ri­ous con­di­tion,” Brig. Sha­lal Shaya said, at­tribut­ing the blast to a car bomb.

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