Saudi Arabia, together with the international coalition it leads, carried out a series of bombings on Monday against the airport in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, destroying three buildings.
The coalition spokesman, Turki al Maliki, said in statements to the television network Al arabiya that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was notified of the intention to carry out bombings an hour before they were perpetrated.
In this sense, he assured that the coalition made sure that there was no Collateral damage and reiterated that they will respond “firmly” to the attacks by the Houthis, who have increased their operations with drones and ballistic missiles in recent months, as reported by the Saudi newspaper Arab news.
From the UN, the deputy spokesman for the UN General Secretariat, Farhan Haq, said: “Multiple bombings hit at least six areas of the Sana’a International Airport in Yemen.” He also highlighted that a team from the international organization later visited the site “to assess the damage.”
Thus, it has stated that shortly before the attack operations were reduced, although it remained operational to “Emergency humanitarian use”, while underlining that “the team has valued that the UN flights can continue because there is no damage to the control tower, the take-off runway or the taxiway.”
“We ask all parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligations under Humanitarian Law and to adopt all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” said Haq, who also claimed that “The airport remains open for humanitarian operations.”
Along these lines, he has argued that “all equipment necessary to maintain humanitarian flights must receive support to remain operational” and has reiterated the UN call for the airport “to be open for regular civil and commercial flights.”
Haq has also requested that the port of Hodeida, in the east of the country, is also “fully operational” and has advocated for “the reopening of the airport for civil commercial use”, amid the conflict and the blockade imposed by the international coalition against the Houthis, who control Sana’a and other areas in the north and west of Yemen.
Haq’s words came after the coalition confirmed bombings on Monday “Precise and limited” against the airport, hours after asking civilians to evacuate the place. After that, he argued that the targets were used by the Houthis to carry out attacks against Saudi Arabia.
COALITION REJECTS IRAN‘S ACCUSATIONS
On the other hand, Al Maliki has rejected the “defamatory” accusations of the Government of Iran after the death by coronavirus of its envoy before the authorities installed in Yemen by the Houthis, Hasan Irlu, a few days after being transferred back to the country to receive medical treatment.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Jatibzadé criticized a “delay in cooperation by some countries” that caused Irlu’s transfer to take place “under inappropriate conditions,” according to a brief statement posted on the Ministry’s website. .
Subsequently, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian directly targeted the Saudi authorities, prompting Al Maliki to publish a statement stressing that the coalition Irlu “began facilitating the evacuation”, which took place “in less than 48 hours” with the mediation of Oman and Iraq.
“These libelous claims against Saudi Arabia contradict humanitarian values and principles”, has stated, before emphasizing that “they are hardly surprising”, given that Iran sent Irlu to the country and from there “supported the chaos and the fighting,” according to the television station. Al arabiya.
(with EP information)
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